Long queues in Kampala Thursday morning where Ugandans began to cast their ballots in the presidential and parliamentary elections — as they contended with a half-hour delay at polling stations.
— Peter Okoye MrP (@PeterPsquare) January 14, 2021
A heavy military and police presence was also around the capital city as well as a continued internet blackout which began the evening before.
All this amid a tense political climate as President Yoweri Museveni — in power since 1986 after helping oust Idi Amin, seeks a contested 6th term in office.
Unlikely Contender to Lead Uganda?
Although singer turned politician Bobi Wine, 38 — the strongest out of the 10 opposition candidates, seems to have the unofficial popular vote amongst the youth.
Conspiracy by the dictator & his biased Electoral Commission is in a new phase. A plot to rig is set, internet is completely shut down & media is censored. However, the pple of uganda are firm and nothing will stop them from ending this oppresive regime. #WeAreRemovingADictator
— BOBI WINE (@HEBobiwine) January 13, 2021
With 18 million Ugandans registered to vote across the country’s 35,000 polling stations, time will reveal the outcome of this election already marred by a violent crackdown on Museveni’s rivals and government critics.
The United Nations — in addition to global rights and democracy groups have raised concerns about the integrity and transparency of the election.
There is no indication that @KagutaMuseveni is willing to handover power no matter the outcome of the elections;but we must continue to support and encourage @HEBobiwine to lead his country to freedom.Its time for Museveni to go,let there be light in #Uganda #UgandaDecides2021
— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) January 13, 2021
Only one foreign organisation, the African Union (AU), has sent monitors to observe the election, along with an AU women’s group.