Counting is underway in Uganda elections and early indication is that the 76-year-old incumbent, President Yoweri Museveni is on course to extend his 36-year reign in the east Africa country.
However, the leading opposition candidate, singer-turned lawmaker Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine has rejected the results declared so far and calls himself the president-elect, despite the electoral body saying not all votes have yet been counted.
Bobi Wine alleged polls saw the worst vote-rigging in Uganda’s history, but did not provide any evidence to back up his claims other than alleging that his polling agents and representative were being arrested and detained.
The electoral commission chair, Simon Byabakama said all candidates had agents who witnessed vote counting at district tally centres. He admitted that two polling stations in the country reported major irregularities that the votes there has been cancelled there.
Museveni has garnered 1,536,205 votes (65.02%), while Bobi Wine, has 647,146 votes (27.39%) from 8,310 polling stations.
The country has a total of 34,684 polling stations.
Uganda’s government has described the election as peaceful.