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Date:18 Feb 2016
Uganda: Polls officially closes in general elections

[AEP] Polls have officially closed as Ugandans elect a president and parliamentarians in a generally peaceful atmosphere.

Polls opened on 7am (0400 GMT) local time closed at 4pm (1300 GMT). However, late delivery of voting materials in many places and few of cases mismatch of ballot papers and polling stations have made the Electoral Commission to extend voting hours for the areas affected.

Another highlight of the election was the shutdown of social media by the government over “national security” concerns. This has led to widespread criticism locally and internationally.

“The Ugandan government’s decision to block access to social media on mobile phones on election day is a blatant violation of Ugandans' fundamental rights to freedom of expression and to seek and receive information...Without clearly defined security concerns, this closure is nothing but an exercise in censorship as Ugandans elect their leaders." said Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International

The presidential race is seen as a three-way battle between long-term incumbent President Yoweri Museveni of the National Resistance Movement and two top opposition candidates – Kizza Besigye (Forum for Democratic Change) and Amama Mbabazi (Go Forward). There were 8 candidates in the presidential race with only 1 female.

The Electoral Commission (EC), for the first time, used the Biometric Technology in the history of the East African country.

A total of 1747 candidates are contested for presidential and parliamentary elections. Experts have predicted another win for President Museveni, whose has already been in power for 30 years. Issues that influences the voters' decision at the ballot in this elections includes job creation for the youth dominated population, development of the country’s oil reserves, security among others.


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