Election 2016

56 DISTRICTS: Museveni Holds 61% Against Besigye’s 34%

President Yoweri Museveni is leading the Uganda presidential race

Regional election observers have released their preliminary findings from last Thursday’s elections terming it as generally free and calling for calm as the Independent Electoral Commission prepares to announce the country’s next president this evening.

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However, unlike their local counterparts, the regional observers refrained from being vindictive of the election process.

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From the information they managed to gather from the build up to Thursday February 18th and the events thereafter, the regional observes concluded that the election exercise was generally free and fair.

Yufnalis Okubo who led the IGAD Observers said that the Thursday election exercise was commendable by world standards.

“We did notice certain practices that will serve as a good example to the regional states, such as availability of the voters’ register to agents at every polling station and the presidential debate which is now taking root in the region,” he said.

Mr Okubu also revealed that his team had noticed a remarkable improvement in this year’s election compared to that of 2011, and projected that the process would be much better in 2021.

“In our opinion, the 2016 general election met the minimum international standards of a free and fair election. We urged the people of the Republic of Uganda to remain calm as the process of tallying the final vote is still underway.”

He commended the people of Uganda for turning up in big numbers to cast their vote, and the electoral commission “for the manner in which they handled this heavy task in the interest of the people of the Republic of Uganda.”

Ambassador Ashraf Rashid, who led the COMESA team, termed the election process as generally fair, promising to make more conclusive observations after the results are announced.

Meanwhile the East African Community observers avoided making positive or negative conclusions.

The EAC team leader and former Tanzanian President Al Hassan Mwinyi described this year’s election as most competitive of all the previous ones on the country.

He commended the big voter turn up, and the electoral commission for sharing information in its accessibility.

The regional observers’ findings and conclusions defer significantly from the local observers who yesterday concluded that the election process was not free or fair.

The Citizens’ Elections Observers Uganda (CEON-U) discredited the entire presidential and parliamentary election process citing irregularities that were witnessed in the opening of the polling stations, set up, voting, closing and counting.

EON-U Chairperson, Dr. Livingstone Ssewanyana highlighted that despite the high turn up of voters to elect the leaders of their choice, the Electoral Commission (EC) didn’t meet the standards of a free and fair election.

“We commend EC for the collective decisions that they took during yesterday’s polling; however, their conduct left many Ugandans dissatisfied,” said Dr. Ssewanyana.

“The extension of polling in some parts of Wakiso and Kampala districts was indeed welcome. However, this has got peculiar impact that we need to look into,” Ssewanyana noted.

Ssewanyana said the observers concluded that the elections were not free and fair and that the election process and voting doesn’t measure up to the expected standards.

Regionally President Yoweri Museveni is largely considered a strong pillar in the unity and progression of the east and central African region.

Several leaders from the neighboring countries have, on a number of occasions cautioned Ugandan to refrain from riddance of the President who if announced winner this evening will be extending his rule to 35 years.
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Museveni according to results extracted from the EC computers at 11:25a on Saturday was being followed by FDC’s Col Dr Kizza Besigye with a distant 2,826,644 representing 34%.

Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi was third with 122,848 votes (1.5%) followed by Abed Bwanika of the PDP with 75 916 votes (0.9%), Baryamureeba with 46826 votes (0.5%), Maureen Kyalya with 36940 (0.45%) while Maj. Benon Biraaro trailed with 22213 votes (0.27%).

The rest of the results and announcement of the next president are expected later today.

The latest results were from 23340 polling stations representing 83.2% of the total results.
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Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi was third with 122,848 votes (1.5%) followed by Abed Bwanika of the PDP with 75 916 votes (0.9%), Baryamureeba with 46826 votes (0.5%), Maureen Kyalya with 36940 (0.45%) while Maj. Benon Biraaro trailed with 22213 votes (0.27%).

The rest of the results and announcement of the next president are expected later today.

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Museveni according to results extracted from the EC computers at 11:25a on Saturday was being followed by FDC’s Col Dr Kizza Besigye with a distant 2,826,644 representing 34%.

Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi was third with 122,848 votes (1.5%) followed by Abed Bwanika of the PDP with 75 916 votes (0.9%), Baryamureeba with 46826 votes (0.5%), Maureen Kyalya with 36940 (0.45%) while Maj. Benon Biraaro trailed with 22213 votes (0.27%).

The rest of the results and announcement of the next president are expected later today.

The latest results were from 23340 polling stations representing 83.2% of the total results.
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Museveni according to results extracted from the EC computers at 11:25a on Saturday was being followed by FDC’s Col Dr Kizza Besigye with a distant 2,826,644 representing 34%.

Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi was third with 122,848 votes (1.5%) followed by Abed Bwanika of the PDP with 75 916 votes (0.9%), Baryamureeba with 46826 votes (0.5%), Maureen Kyalya with 36940 (0.45%) while Maj. Benon Biraaro trailed with 22213 votes (0.27%).

The rest of the results and announcement of the next president are expected later today.

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Museveni according to results extracted from the EC computers at 11:25a on Saturday was being followed by FDC’s Col Dr Kizza Besigye with a distant 2,826,644 representing 34%.

Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi was third with 122,848 votes (1.5%) followed by Abed Bwanika of the PDP with 75 916 votes (0.9%), Baryamureeba with 46826 votes (0.5%), Maureen Kyalya with 36940 (0.45%) while Maj. Benon Biraaro trailed with 22213 votes (0.27%).

The rest of the results and announcement of the next president are expected later today.

The latest results were from 23340 polling stations representing 83.2% of the total results.
Police have sealed the home of Forum for Democratic Change presidential Candidate Col Dr Kizza Besigye in Kasangati.

Besigye was last night released from detention at the Nagalama police station and forcefully driven to his home according to his wife Mrs Winnie Byanyima.

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All entrances to his farm were reportedly blocked by heavily armed police and all people including members of the media turned away.

Besigye was yesterday arrested together with the FDC President Major Gen Mugisha Muntu and party chief mobilizer Ingrid Turinawe. Besigye and Muntu were released in the night but Ingrid wasn’t.

Besigye and the party leaders were accused to trying to announce his own election results at the party headquarters.

According to Mrs Winnie Byanyima, cialis 40mg Dr Besigye was denied access to his lawyers David Mpanga and Ernest Kalibbala who were turned away at the gate as well as his campaign team.

Besigye and the FDC claim that Electoral Commission is currently announcing results which were doctored with help from the Uganda Police force.

The Police deny the allegations.
Police have sealed the home of Forum for Democratic Change presidential Candidate Col Dr Kizza Besigye in Kasangati.

Besigye was last night released from detention at the Nagalama police station and forcefully driven to his home according to his wife Mrs Winnie Byanyima.

The fourth time Presidential candidate was by publication time locked up inside his residence, adiposity http://claude-nicaud.com/new/wp-includes/class-wp-list-util.php with no one allowed access.

All entrances to his farm were reportedly blocked by heavily armed police and all people including members of the media turned away.

Besigye was yesterday arrested together with the FDC President Major Gen Mugisha Muntu and party chief mobilizer Ingrid Turinawe. Besigye and Muntu were released in the night but Ingrid wasn’t.

Besigye and the party leaders were accused to trying to announce his own election results at the party headquarters.

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Besigye and the FDC claim that Electoral Commission is currently announcing results which were doctored with help from the Uganda Police force.

The Police deny the allegations.
Police have sealed the home of Forum for Democratic Change presidential Candidate Col Dr Kizza Besigye in Kasangati.

Besigye was last night released from detention at the Nagalama police station and forcefully driven to his home according to his wife Mrs Winnie Byanyima.

The fourth time Presidential candidate was by publication time locked up inside his residence, order http://citadelgroup.com.au/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/templates/order/tracking.php with no one allowed access.

All entrances to his farm were reportedly blocked by heavily armed police and all people including members of the media turned away.

Besigye was yesterday arrested together with the FDC President Major Gen Mugisha Muntu and party chief mobilizer Ingrid Turinawe. Besigye and Muntu were released in the night but Ingrid wasn’t.

Besigye and the party leaders were accused to trying to announce his own election results at the party headquarters.

According to Mrs Winnie Byanyima, http://cellulitzwalczyc.xyz/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/submit.php Dr Besigye was denied access to his lawyers David Mpanga and Ernest Kalibbala who were turned away at the gate as well as his campaign team.

Besigye and the FDC claim that Electoral Commission is currently announcing results which were doctored with help from the Uganda Police force.

The Police deny the allegations.
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The comments come high on the heels on a public outrage that also compelled U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to telephone President Museveni.

According to the U.S. State Department, Kerry “expressed concern about the Government of Uganda’s decision to block several popular social media and mobile money sites starting on Election Day, and he urged President Museveni to end this blockage immediately.”

Speaking to Daily Monitor last night, Museveni said he had told Kerry that “democracy cannot operate in anarchy, and everybody should behave according to the law”.

Museveni further told the diplomat “not to worry a lot about the internal affairs of Uganda because we know how to handle the issues, and I will call the [new United States] Ambassador and tell her the things she does not know about Uganda.”

Mutabazi said UCC exercised its mandate, under Section 5 (1) (b) and (x) of the UCC Act 2013 and other laws to issue “a directive to the telecommunications operators and internet service providers to curb further proliferation of harmful content on the internet and social media.”

Authorities said the opposition intended to use social media to announce their own election results to the public.

Mutabazi said, “There is need to draw a line between the acceptable exercise of one’s freedom of expression and the illegitimate abuse of that freedom. Uganda is not the first country to limit access to these social media platforms for the safety of the wider public.”

He further elaborated that following a series of coordinated attacks on Paris in 2005, “the French government was forced to crackdown on the internet by blocking particular websites.”

Mutabazi added: “It was therefore imperative that ICC instituted this measure in best interests of the wider public to ensure the safety of our citizens and their property. We regret any inconveniences caused as this is a temporary measure which will be lifted at an appropriate time.”

Social media enthusiasts used virtual private networks (VPN) to dodge government restrictions.
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“Upon the advice of security agencies, unhealthy http://chopcult.com/coolant/classifieds/141881/include/images/secure.php Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) on February 17, http://codefor.asia/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/class-wc-checkout.php 2016 directed the operators to limit access to social media and mobile money platforms by reducing bandwidth for social media such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp as well as mobile money platforms in order to avert imminent attacks by terrorist groups,” said UCC body Eng Godfrey Mutabazi on Saturday.

The comments come high on the heels on a public outrage that also compelled U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to telephone President Museveni.

According to the U.S. State Department, Kerry “expressed concern about the Government of Uganda’s decision to block several popular social media and mobile money sites starting on Election Day, and he urged President Museveni to end this blockage immediately.”

Speaking to Daily Monitor last night, Museveni said he had told Kerry that “democracy cannot operate in anarchy, and everybody should behave according to the law”.

Museveni further told the diplomat “not to worry a lot about the internal affairs of Uganda because we know how to handle the issues, and I will call the [new United States] Ambassador and tell her the things she does not know about Uganda.”

Mutabazi said UCC exercised its mandate, under Section 5 (1) (b) and (x) of the UCC Act 2013 and other laws to issue “a directive to the telecommunications operators and internet service providers to curb further proliferation of harmful content on the internet and social media.”

Authorities said the opposition intended to use social media to announce their own election results to the public.

Mutabazi said, “There is need to draw a line between the acceptable exercise of one’s freedom of expression and the illegitimate abuse of that freedom. Uganda is not the first country to limit access to these social media platforms for the safety of the wider public.”

He further elaborated that following a series of coordinated attacks on Paris in 2005, “the French government was forced to crackdown on the internet by blocking particular websites.”

Mutabazi added: “It was therefore imperative that ICC instituted this measure in best interests of the wider public to ensure the safety of our citizens and their property. We regret any inconveniences caused as this is a temporary measure which will be lifted at an appropriate time.”

Social media enthusiasts used virtual private networks (VPN) to dodge government restrictions.
The recent provisional results read by the Electoral Commission have indicated that NRM candidate Yoweri Museveni is comfortably leading the race to retaining his position as President.

According to the provisional batch Number 9 read by the Electoral Commission chairman Eng. Badru Kiggundu at around 11:30am at the Namboole National Centre, view http://deltaalphapihonorsociety.org/wp-content/plugins/gp-premium/page-header/functions/controls.php results from 23, look http://coronaextra.com.au/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/products/photocrati_nextgen/modules/widget/class.widget_gallery.php 308 polling stations out of the total 28, illness http://danmarknorge.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/gravatar-hovercards.php 010 (83.21 percent) show Museveni was leading with 5,047,755 (61.55 percent) whereas his closest rival and opposition strongman FDC’s Dr. Kizza Besigye is at 34.47 percent with 2,826,644 votes.

The interim results further indicate that former Prime Minister and Go Forward candidate Amama Mbabazi is in third position at 1.5 percent, followed by PDP’s Abed Bwanika at 0.93 percent, having got 75,916 votes.

Eng Joseph Mabirizi is comfortably sitting at the tail end of the race with 21,661 votes which is equivalent to 0.26 percent.

According to officials from the Electoral Commission a total of  56 districts have  fully sent in their results and among these include Masaka, Mukono, Bundibugyo, Luwero, Kiboga, Bududa and Kalangala among others with the incumbent winning in almost all the districts that have so far fully sent in their results.

“We urge the remaining 60 districts to complete and send in their results as soon as possible,” said Joseph Biribonwa, the Deputy EC chairperson.

Among the districts which have not fully sent in their results include Kampala, Wakiso, Jinja and Rukungiri among others.

The latest results imply Museveni could be headed for another victory. Officials say Museveni performed considerably well in Eastern and Western Uganda.

Besigye Still Sweeping Kampala

Meanwhile, preliminary results released by the Electoral commission indicate that Besigye is still in the driving seat in Kampala district registering a 65.7 percent against Museveni’s 31.09 percent votes from the 1,176 polling stations that have so far sent in their results out of the total 1,338.

The results further show that Mbabazi is at 1.30 percent whereas Mabirizi is trailing with 42 votes representing 0.11 percent of the results for Kampala.

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