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Museveni still taking the lead in provisional results

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Ugandans were casting their vote yesterday and as the tallying continues at Namboole Stadium by the Electoral Commission. The provisional results indicate that so far the incumbent president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is still leading with 61.27% while his closest rival the FDC Presidential Flag Bearer Kiiza Besigye is having 34.30% while the who used to be Presidential hopeful candidate Amama Mbabazi is the third in the far distance at 1.73%. Museveni fell back from 62.84% to 61.27% as Kiiza Besigye increased from 32.66% to 34.30% an Indication that he is increasing. There was a claim from some media companies that Electoral commission had started from the Incumbent’s strong holds as this will make the incumbent’s results keep reducing as the opposition keeps reducing though Badru Kiggundu denounced the claims as baseless and said that results are presented on the merit of who submits first.
So far 14708 Polling stations have been tallied out of  28010 which is roughly 52.51% of all Polling Stations in the country. Other results are announced in an interval of almost for hours and this was the 6th batch of the provincial results as announced by the electoral commission chairman Eng Badru Kiggundu. And some districts like Kumi, Kitgum, Moroto, Kotido and many others have so finished submitting all their results unlike other districts which have only given partial results.
The election was considered to be fairer than all the recent elections but was later spoilt with the aftermath arrest of the presidential candidate Kizza Besigye yesterday 18th Feb in Naguru who was released later before the day close and the situation worsened with today’s arrest of the same Candidate Kizza Besigye, Former Party President Gen. Mugisha Muntu, Ingrid Turinawe and other FDC Party officials who were all arrested at the FDC Headquarters in Najjanankumbi Kampala earlier today. This made supporters of Kizza Besigye make various protests as the Police curbed them down with tear gas, live bullets and all other sorts of mercenary till when the situation seamed at least.
The conduct of the state security left many wondering if this will be surely a transparent free and fair election when opposition leaders and their supporters are being arrested and tear gassed just a day after elections even when the results have not been announced. Also the blocking of major social media channels in the country including Whatsapp, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are some of the indicators that the election might not be the fairest as it was anticipated earlier. Various mobile money Users are also making alarm after the service has been blocked by mobile operators on orders of Uganda Communications Commission in move called “National Security and Public safety” when actually mobile money is the most accessed and used financial service with more than 10,000,000 registered users as compared to Banks which have only 6,000,000 users.

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