Elections: Bobi Wine lauds Ugandans for voting in record numbers

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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Robert Kyagulanyi popularly known by his stage name Bobi Wine, who is challenging the Ugandan President, Kaguta Museveni on Presidential election has lauded the Ugandan people for for turning up and voting in record numbers.

Bobi Wine who made this known on his official social platform on Thursday, said the challenge now is for the Chairman of Uganda Electoral Commission to declare the will of the people as counting of votes is almost over.

According to him, “Despite the wide spread fraud and violence experienced across the country earlier today, the picture still looks good. Thank you Uganda for turning up and voting in record numbers”, he said.

Meanwhile, report gathered that some polling stations did not open for close to two hours and voters in the queue grown angry and started shouting at the polling gate officials as the cause of the delay was not clear.

As vote counting began, lorries carrying soldiers drove through the city and police and local defence units were also seen patrolling, according to BBC NewsDirect felt.

Twenty-six people from a coalition of civil society groups have been arrested for allegedly manning an illegal vote-tallying centre at a hotel in the capital.

Earlier in the week the authorities ordered the blocking of social media, messaging apps and certain sites for virtual private networks (VPNs) which people use to get around social media blocks.

The Ugandan authorities appear to have ordered internet providers to shut down the whole internet at 19:00 local time (16:00 GMT) on the eve of the election.

“Like my wife’s, my phone has been blocked and I am unable to recieve or make regular calls. I know this is to stop me from communicating to our agents and coordinators”, Bobi Wine said.

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