Despite criticsim from outside, the dictator ruler in Uganda, Yoweri Museveni looked headed for a sixth term as president with election results Saturday placing him firmly ahead of his main rival, who has cried fraud and whose home has been put under heavy guard.
The country’s election commission announced that with 86.7 percent of polling stations reporting results, Museveni had 58.8 per cent of votes, while former popstar Bobi Wine had 34.2 per cent.
Final results are expected by Saturday afternoon.
Wine, 38, meanwhile was on track to see his newly formed National Unity Platform become the main opposition party in Parliament, notably winning eight of nine constituencies in the capital Kampala.
The poll followed one of the most violent campaigns in years, with harassment and arrests of the opposition, attacks on the media and the deaths of at least 54 people.
Thursday’s election took place in apparent calm, but under the oppressive presence of soldiers and riot police and an internet blackout which has now entered its fourth day.