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Electoral process not free and fair- Ugandans cry

Electoral process not free and fair- Ugandans cry


Some Ugandans have denounced the lack of transparency in the country’s process in which incumbent President Yoweri Museveni was declared winner.

“These election have not been fair. As the man, our candidate Kizza Besigye, we are supporting him but the elections they haven’t announced like three districts. There is Masaka, Kampala and Wakiso. Whereby they voted very late. Yet in the villages the votes were already there. So I declare these elections have not been fair,’ said Alvin Bukenya a voter.

“So my observation is, the elections is over. The one who has been declared has been declared. It’s like that and we have to accept the results and move on,” said Samwell Ondienga a voter.

The main opposition candidate in Uganda’s presidential elections Kizza Besigye rejected the results announced on Saturday describing it as ‘sham elections’.

“The results of the presidential election should be rejected,” Besigye said in a statement.

Kizza Besigye polled 35.37 % of the vote. Besigye who is under house arrest called on the international community and Ugandans to reject the results.

“I ask you, on behalf of the brave citizens of Uganda to reject the results of the sham elections,” he added.

His party executive said the police will not allow anyone near his home.

Since yesterday we have been trying to have meetings, senior party leaders with our candidate. So that we make the necessary decisions to the way forward. Yesterday it was not possible…Today we are trying to meet again but it was not possible as you can notice,” said Mugishu Mutu, president of FDC

“It’s very absurd here and it’s a flagrant violation of the law. Because there is no reason why he’s being held incommunicado in his house. Now they have turned Doctor Besigye’s home into a cell, into a police cell. He is being put under house arrest. You can see they can’t even allow us access his home.” said another FDC member

The Ugandan Electoral Commission declared incumbent President Yoweri Museveni, winner of Thursday’s polls with 60.75 per cent.

“So they fear the inconsistencies between what was announced in the polling stations, what was on the declarations forms which we are in possession of and what they are announcing through the national electoral commission,” said Mugishu Mutu, president of FDC.

President Museveni won another five year term to extend his 30-year- rule .