Main opposition leader Kizza Besigye, who was arrested twice in the past two days, was second with 35 percent, the commission said.
Police detained Kizza Besigye at the offices of his Forum for Democratic Change party in the capital Kampala, the BBC and Uganda’s New Vision newspaper reported. The officials were detained because they were heading to announce election results tallied by the opposition and not election officials, Onyango said. Besigye, 59, was Museveni’s personal physician during a bush war and served as deputy interior minister in Museveni’s first Cabinet.
The elections on Thursday were marred by late delivery of polling materials, sporadic violence and a government shutdown of social media. Uganda’s elections “fell short of meeting key democratic benchmarks”, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, the head of the Commonwealth observer mission, said, talking about his group’s interim assessment. Police fired tear gas and beat protesters with sticks. Police are said to have blocked off FDC premises and began firing rubber bullets and in response several canisters of tear gas were thrown over the wooden gate of the party headquarters.
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