Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has won his sixth term in office with 56% percent of votes.
Museveni’s 38-year-old close challenger, was among the 10 opposition candidates and came second with 34.8 percent of the votes.
The country’s electoral commission announced the result of the presidential election on Saturday.
The Commission Chairman, Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama, said, “The electoral commission declares Yoweri Museveni… elected President of the republic of Uganda.”
He added that the turnout was 57.22 of almost 18 million registered voters.
Byabakama urged the population to “remain calm and accept the outcome of these elections”. He, however, reminded those celebrating to be mindful of the covid-19 pandemic.
But his main challenger, Bobi Wine, said the election process was marred by ‘electoral fraud and violence’.
Boby Wine’s political party the National Unity Party insisted that the singer-turned politician was under “effective house arrest”.
Wine was forcefully restricted at his home on the outskirts of Kampala as the results were announced.
The government argued that it was providing him with security. Wine’s home remained sealed off by soldiers and police on Saturday and he felt under “siege”.
He said, “They jumped over my fence. They came inside my compound. I feel threatened.”
But the army’s deputy spokesman Deo Akiiki said the soldiers were there for “his own security and the security of people around him”.