Uganda’s opposition leader Bobi Wine said the country’s election had seen “widespread fraud and violence”, as votes trickled in Friday under an internet blackout.
The 38-year-old former popstar-turned-MP did not give details about his accusations, which contradicted the government’s account that Thursday’s vote had been largely peaceful.
Global rights and democracy groups have raised concerns about the integrity and transparency of the election.
The internet remained down for a third day as vote counting continued, with provisional results from 24% of polling stations giving President Yoweri Museveni an early lead of 65% while Wine trailed with 27%.
The capital Kampala was quiet and some businesses remained closed, while soldiers and police patrolled on foot the day after the election.
Full results are expected by Saturday afternoon.
Museveni is seeking a sixth term in office, having ruled for almost four decades, and his main rival among 10 opposition candidates is Wine, whose popularity among a youthful population has rattled the former rebel leader.