The election took place in an atmosphere of violence, harassment and arrests of the opposition.
As counting of votes from the Uganda presidential election proceeds, opposition candidate Bobi Wine said early Friday that the vote has been marred by “widespread fraud and violence.”
38-year-old Wine is challenging 76-year-old incumbent Yoweri Museveni, who has been President of Uganda since 1986.
Hello Uganda! Despite the wide spread fraud and violence experienced across the country earlier today, the picture still looks good. Thank you Uganda for turning up and voting in record numbers. The challenge now is for Mr. Byabakama and the EC to declare the will of the Pple.
— BOBI WINE (@HEBobiwine) January 14, 2021
Votes are being counted under an internet blackout and there have been reports of intimidation, suppression, arbitrary arrests by brutal law enforcement officials who swear by Museveni.
“Despite the widespread fraud and violence experienced across the country earlier today, the picture still looks good. Thank you Uganda for turning up and voting in record numbers,” Wine tweeted shortly after midnight, after managing to bypass the internet blockage.
President Museveni is seeking a sixth term in office, and Wine is his main competitor from among a pool of 11 opposition candidates.
The election took place after one of the most violent campaigns in years, with harassment and arrests of the opposition, attacks on the media and scores of deaths.