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Uganda's Museveni leads as rival claims victory: Updates

Uganda's Museveni leads as rival claims victory: Updates
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It has been over 24 hours since polls closed and Uganda is still counting votes from its presidential and parliamentary elections.

Preliminary results announced by the electoral commission put President Yoweri Museveni in a commanding lead.

His rival, 38-year-old legislator Bobi Wine has dismissed the tally as a 'joke'.

Welcome to our live updates. I am Ronald Kato

18:00 GMT

Electoral commission updates results

Figures released by the elections chief show incumbent Yoweri Museveni maintaining a distant lead over rival Bobi Wine with nearly 65% of all polling stations reporting.

Earlier on Friday, Wine dismissed the commission's tally as a 'joke'. 

17:00 GMT

Vice president loses parliament seat

Uganda's vice president Edward Ssekandi was defeated in the Bukoto central parliamentary race, local journalists reported.

Ssekandi, 78, has served as vice president since 2011. 

15:30 GMT

Army confirms presence at Bobi Wine's home

A spokesman for Uganda's military told local broadcaster NTV that security were at Wine's home to 'provide security'

14:23 GMT

Electoral commission updates results

The head of Uganda's elections authority Justice Simon Byabakama says President Museveni's tally stands at 62% with almost 50% of all votes counted.

Bobi Wine's share is 29.3%

13:40 GMT

Bobi Wine's home under 'army siege'

The presidential hopeful said in a tweet that soldiers had jumped over the fence and into his residence in Magere, near Kampala.

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