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Ugandans Vote In Tense Poll Amid Heavy Security

Polls opened in Uganda on Thursday in a tense presidential election, hours after internet access was cut off across the country.


Polls opened in Uganda on Thursday in a tense presidential election, hours after internet access was cut off across the country. In the commercial capital Kampala, riot police were out in full force amid fears of violence. There were delays at some polling stations.

President Yoweri Museveni, an authoritarian who has wielded power since 1986, seeks a sixth term against a strong challenge from Bobby Wine, a popular young singer-turned-opposition lawmaker. Nine other challengers are trying to unseat Museveni. Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, has seen many associates jailed or go into hiding as security forces crackdown on opposition supporters they fear could mount a street uprising leading to regime change.

Wine insists he is running a nonviolent campaign. The vote count will begin when polls close at 4 p.m. and results are expected within 48 hours. More than 17 million people have registered to vote. A candidate must win more than 50% to avoid a runoff. 

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