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Museveni declared winner

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In Summary
  • Bobi Wine has termed the results as “fake”. He claims the Electoral Commission (EC) had ignored malpractices that occurred during elections.
  • Museveni, 76, has held the reigns in Uganda since 1986.

The Uganda Electoral Commission (EC) on Saturday declared incumbent Yoweri Kaguta Museveni winner of the January 14 presidential election.

In a presidential election pitting 11 candidates but narrowed down to a two-horse race, National Resistance Movement’s (NRM) Museveni was declared winner after garnering 5,851,037 votes (58.64%).

His closest challenger, National Unity Platform’s (NUP) Robert Kyagulani aka Bobi Wine, amassed 3,475,298 votes (34.83%).

“Having obtained the highest number of votes; and votes cast in his favour being more than 50% at the election, EC declares candidate Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Kaguta Museveni as the president of Uganda through an election held January 14,” the commission’s chairperson Simon Byabakama declared.

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Vote counting ended on Saturday, after the EC released the final batch of provisional results at around 3 pm local EAT.

Museveni will now serve his sixth term, having held the reigns since 1986.

Bobi Wine woes

Bobi Wine on Friday claimed victory in the elections, dismissing EC’s results as “fake”.

“I am very confident that we defeated the dictator by far. I call upon all Ugandans to reject the blackmail. We have certainly won the election and we’ve won it by far,” Bobi Wine told journalists.

Ever since EC declared Museveni president-elect, Bobi Wine’s camp has not said a word.

Daily Monitor reports that there is boosted military officers’ presence patrolling nearly deserted streets, while army choopers are hovering amd making low attitude maneuvers in some parts of the country.

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