Museveni Re-elected as Ugandan President for 6th Term
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, 76, has been re-elected as President a sixth term in office with 58.6 per cent of the vote. His election is disputed by his main rival Bobi Wine who trailed with 34.8 per cent, the electoral commission announced on Saturday.
The electoral commission declares Yoweri Museveni… elected President of the Republic of Uganda,” said election commission chairman Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama.
He said turnout was 57.22 per cent of the almost 18 million registered voters. Byabakama urged the population to “remain calm and accept the outcome of these elections” while reminding those celebrating to be mindful of the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to CNN, the electoral commission said Museveni won in a landslide, with 58.64% of the nearly 10 million ballots cast, while his nearest rival, Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine received 34.83% of the vote.
However, Bobi Wine, a singer-turned-politician has called on Ugandans to reject the announcement adding that his team was considering all peaceful, nonviolent and legal options to contest the results.
He said, “We are the real winners of this election and therefore what the electoral commission announced has nothing to do with the real election that took place.
“I can call on all Ugandans to reject the announcement that has been made by the electoral commission … to reject them with the contempt with which it deserves.”
Museveni has been in power since 1986.