Uganda President re-elected
The Electoral Commission of Uganda - earlier criticised by opposition leader Kizza Besigye of being an instrument of President Museveni - in a seemingly transparent way has been publishing results from Uganda's 24,000 polling stations as they have been counted; including on its website.
Only last week, an opposition delegation finally was able to present its demands to Commission Chairman Badru Kiggundu; including a wider participation of local candidates in the poll count and the publishing of results. All demands were rejected, and the Besigye campaign again made a point of the Commission "laying grounds for cheating."
The Uganda-based Democracy Monitoring Group, which has monitored both the campaigning period and the actual poll, has registered several irregularities, including voter intimidation and ballots pre-marked for President Museveni. But the group's assessment so far is milder than at previous occasions.
As the results started ticking in yesterday, the Besigye campaign first started publishing the Electoral Commission's results. But they soon stopped as President Museveni's lead was becoming clearer.
So far, Mr Besigye has made few public statements since it became clear that official results would confirm President Museveni in office. He has however vaguely rejected the official results, saying "it is now clear the will of the people cannot be expressed through the electoral process."
The opposition leader has threatened to start an Egypt-like revolt in Uganda if the vote again was manipulated. President Museveni, on the other hand, has promised not to allow such a protest movement. So far, Mr Besigye is keeping his options open.
By staff writers
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