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Long-time president wins disputed polls

Published:Sunday | February 21, 2016 | 2:00 AM
In this Tuesday, February 16, 2016 file photo, Uganda's long-time President Yoweri Museveni adjusts his hat, as he attends an election rally.

 

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP):

Long-time Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni was yesterday declared the winner of the country's disputed presidential election, but the main opposition party rejected the results as fraudulent and called for an independent audit of the count.

Museveni got more than 60 per cent of the votes, and his nearest rival, Kizza Besigye, got 35 per cent, according to final results announced by the election commission.

Besigye himself was under house arrest as Museveni was declared the winner, with heavily armed police standing guard near his residence on the outskirts of the capital, Kampala. The capital was calm following the announcement of results amid a heavy security presence.

Museveni's ruling party, the National Resistance Movement, urged "all candidates to respect the will of the people and the authority of the electoral commission and accept the result".

However, Besigye dismissed the results as not genuine and urged the international community to reject the official tally.

"We have just witnessed what must be the most fraudulent electoral process in Uganda," he said in a statement. "This has not been an electoral process. This is a creeping military coup."

The voting on Thursday was marred by lengthy delays in the delivery of polling materials, some incidents of violence, as well as a government shutdown of social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, which remained inaccessible yesterday.