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Museveni from Uganda declared winner of presidential election | Election News

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Security personnel were in force patrolling the capital, Kampala, on Saturday ahead of the official results.

Uganda’s electoral commission on Saturday declared incumbent Yoweri Museveni the winner of the presidential election, extending his term of 35 years as the main rival suspected of fraud and urging citizens to reject the result.

Museveni won 5.85 million votes, or 58.64% of the total, while the main opposition candidate, Bobi Wine, won 3.48 million votes or 34.83%, the electoral commission said at a televised press conference.

Wine, 38, galvanized young Ugandans with his calls for political change and pledged to end what he calls dictatorship and rampant corruption.

Security personnel and police were patrolling in force in the capital, Kampala, on Saturday. The government ordered the internet shut down the day before the election, and the blackout was still in place.

Wine, a singer-turned-lawmaker real name Robert Kyagulanyi, said on Friday he had video evidence of electoral fraud and would share the videos as soon as internet connections were restored.

Security forces cordoned off a large perimeter around the huge Wine complex on Saturday and told international reporters they were not allowed entry, witnesses said.

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