The Electoral Commission, Uganda on Saturday, January 16, 2021declared the incumbent President Yoweri Museveni as President-elect in the just-ended presidential elections with 58.64%.
His main opposition, singer Bobi Wine won 3.48 million votes, or 34.8% of the total according to the commission. He has alleged vote-rigging throughout the process and had strong support in centers where frustration with unemployment and corruption remains high.
The 76-year-old president-elect-elect took office in 1986 and is now serving a sixth term after his win in this year’s election.
Ahead of the vote, Museveni’s government shut down social media outlets in Uganda, from Facebook and Instagram to Twitter. It also sent military vehicles into the streets.
Yoweri Museveni has been in power for 35 years.
Before the election, opposition candidate Bobi Wine was assaulted and arrested several times during the election campaign.
Mr Wine and other opposition candidates were often harassed, and more than 50 people were killed when security forces halted riots in November after he was arrested.
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