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As it happened: Uganda Elections

18 February 2016, 05:56

16:10 Voting time extended to 7PM, reports New Vision.

16:03 Vote counting kicks off in Lira, reports New Vision.

16:01 Vote counting begins in Luweero, in Kibaale, reports Samira Sawlani.

15:37 Photos of rigged ballot papers found at #Gaba St Dennis Church that led to locals reaction. #UgandaDecides#Africapic.twitter.com/eaYAExYvL0

15:35 Time check 16:30hrs lines continue to swell at nansaana east polling station wakiso as #UgandaDecidespic.twitter.com/jWRivihctb

15:29 The Electoral Commission apologise for delays.

15:28 Makerere: Presidential ballot papers are less by 2 in each booklet. 48 instead of 50 ballot papers as indicated on top, reports the Daily Monitor.

15:25 EC Chairman Badru Kiggundu says, "Elections have been conducted smoothly... Biometric system worked superbly well", reports Urban TV Uganda.

15:23 Voting in Wumeya and St Peter's Nsumbi Polling stations in Wakiso have been suspended to tomorrow, reports the Daily Monitor.

15:21 Teargas in Kalangala following the arrest of Julius Mukasa Opondo a parl candidate for Bujumba county 4 alleged voter bribery, reports The Observer.

15:20 Voting extended to 7:00pm due to delays - Badru Kiggundu #UgandaDecidespic.twitter.com/4CAZxsxSju

15:16 They've closed the gate at Munyonyo PS at exactly 4pm, locking voters outside. Meanwhile materials came after 10am, reports The Observer.

15:15 Voters get riotous, exercise at Kidandali polling station apparently suspended, reports The Observer.

15:15 Confusion reigns in Sembabule after 4 armed men stormed a polling station, and aided a man to stuff a ballot box, reports The Observer.

15:15 Voting time in Wakiso and Kampala extended from 4pm to 7pm - Badru Kiggundu, reports The Observer. 

15:10 4:00PM From now on, only those already lined up will be allowed to vote. Given delays, voting likely to continue past 6pm, reports NBS Television.

15:08 Update on Kyebando UMEA; Ballot box delivered had blank ballots. BLANK BALLOTS. Infuriated voters thus the chaos. #UgandaDecides

15:07 Parliamentary Elections Suspended in Kibale & Kitagwenda Counties, reports Red Pepper. 

15:05 The electorate line at @mitchell_MUK getting shotter as 4pm deadline (10mins away. #UgandaDecides#Topowapic.twitter.com/AU8woSNQKc

15:03 183 inmates demanded to be set free after predicting that their candidate FDC leader, Kizza Besigye could win.

15:02 Buyende District Woman MP elections called off due to a mix in party symbols, reports New Vision.

15:01 Bufumbira County East elections called off due to a mix in symbols, reports the New Vision.

14:59 Police imports more armoured cars on polling day.

14:57 Minutes before the end of electionsat 4pm, those in the queue are told they will still be able to vote.

14:56 REPORT: The Biometric system rejected Maureen Kyalya's National ID.

14:50 Ugandans who could not vote due to lack of voting material made a plan.

14:48 Video of angry resident at Gaba Trading Center running away with the ticked ballot box earlier.


14:46 Masengere Playground Polling station--some presiding officers have started leaving for end of voting time. Voters have insisted to vote and have dared the police constables to take the voting material from the station, says Besigye supporter.

14:45 Observers: 41% of polling stations opened after 8am despite elections beginning at 7am, reports The Observer

14:43 Bullets were fired at St Peter's Nsumbi-Nansana as voters tried to strike against delay of delivery. Voting hasn't kicked off, reports the Daily Monitor

14:33 Museveni on social media, mobile money blockage: It's temporary. Some people use those pathways (social media) to tell lies, reports NBS Television.

14:32 Furthermore Musevenisays warns that anybody apart from the Electoral Commission who tries to announce results will be 'dismantled', reports NBS Television.

14:29 A deserted Gaba Trading Center after the violence.

14:24 Voters have burnt empty ballot boxes which were delivered without ballot papers in Wumeya, Kyebando, reports the Daily Monitor.

14:24 According to the Daily Monitor, Garuga voters were dispersed by Police after they tried striking over delay in delivery of voting materials.

14:23 Incumbent Museveni says NRM will win with "a big majority", says he is ready to work with opposition, reports NBS Television

14:20 Speaking on the bio-metric system Museveni states it was introduced to help curb one of Uganda's biggest election challenges: double voting, reports NBS Television.

14:19 Museveni: Opposition has been telling lies but the population is not gullible; it is not easy telling them lies, reports NBS Television.

14:19 Museveni: NRM will obviously win. We have been defeating these people even when we had insurgencies. Now Uganda is peaceful, reports NBS Television.

14:18 Museveni to Ugandans: Be calm, vote, stay at polling stations until votes are counted and then go home. Just go home, reports NBS Television.

14:18 Museveni, "I can't hold a press conference in a polling station. It's illegal. It's like having a dance in a church," reports NBS Television.

14:16 After voting Museveni tells journalists, "I have done my duty as a citizen.", reports NBS Television.

14:13 News just in,

14:10 The Electoral Commission announce there will be media briefing at 15:15 at their Head Quarters to discuss election updates.

14:04 Voting beings at Wabigalo Polling Station in Namuwongo, reports the Daily Monitor.

14:01 Presidential candidate, President Yoweri Museveni and First Lady, Janet Museveni arrive in Rushwere stand in line to cast their vote.

13:58 This just in,

A President trying to make himself life president throwing all to rig. #UgandaDecides #UgandaElections #Uganda pic.twitter.com/5xNyfNKvsQ

13:56 NTV Uganda issue a video explaining how Ugandans voted in the past.

13:53 Meanwhile the UCC has directed MTN to disable all SocialMedia & MobileMoney services due to a threat to Public Order & Safety.

13:51 German Correspondent for East Africa, Simone Schlindwein reports,

13:49 Tear gas fired to calm situation at St. Denis polling station, Munyonyo as voters protest continued delay of materials, reports NBS Television.

13:49  Happening in kibuli over delayed polling materials #UgandaDecides#UgElection2016 via @bamulanzekipic.twitter.com/nP5FtQsal7

13:42 HappeningNow residents of Gaba Trading centre are allover the road in a riot, everyone trying to speak out loud to be heard. UgandaDecides, reports Joel Jembe.

13:38 #HappeningNow it's all over, the whole polling station is down.| Gaba Trading Centre #UgandaDecidespic.twitter.com/7efyhuiew6

13:36 He further reported that the police tried to protect the box but it was grabbed from the police by an angry resident who took off.

13:35 According to blogger, Joel Jembe rioting residents at Gaba Trading recevied a box that had already cast votes at Gaba trading centre station, people discovered and started to riot.

13:28 Police fires Teargas at kibuli above Greenhill to dispatch rowdy voters @zankeera#UgandaDecidespic.twitter.com/iuOpqUWfyQ

13:26 Nancy Kacungira reports,

— Daily Monitor (@DailyMonitor) February 18, 2016


13:25 Voting has been suspended in Kibale and Kitagwenda counties, Kamwenge District for directly elected MPs after ballot boxes were misallocated, reports the Daily Monitor.

13:23 Nancy Kacungira for KTN News states that "ballots here exclude Presidential Candidates. Time is 13:52 and tempers are rising because of no President ballot."

13:21 Electoral Commission maintains they will only allow those who in the line by 4pm to vote.


13:17 At my Polling Station Tea Estate Playground in Bushenyi District, the BVVS machine has stopped working. Voting halted, states Kizza Besigye supporter.

13:15 Disgruntled citizens complain about voter ballot delay.

13:12 Chaos at Gaba polling station as voters claim seals were broken and ballot papers were already ticked.

13:10 Electoral spokesperson says not aware of instructing social media shutdown but it does form under their mandate, reports Samira Sawlani.

13:09 Voting has just started at one of the polling stations in Buziga, Munyonyo.

13:07 According to NBS Television two hours before the polls close reports of stations yet to receive ballot papers persist


13:05 "The only dent for us as a commission was today's delay in delivery of materials.However, it was never our intention, 4pm is the closing time,however the law has compensation for lost time" says Taremwa to NTV Uganda. 

13:03 Spokesperson of Uganda Electoral Commission, Jotham Taremwa "We have taken control of the situation and voting materials are available to polling stations in Kampala and Wakiso," reports NTV Uganda. 

13:01 Ballot papers finally arrive in Kyebando, Kampala Hill Academy.

13:00 Woman MP Kyegegwa voting has been suspended after the ballot papers had no party symbol for the NRM flag bearer Kiiza Stella, reports Daily Monitor.

13:00 Church zone, Kansanga..says no voting material has reached by Phillip Wandawa, reports Daily Monitor.

12:54 Voting at Summit View polling station in Kololo ongoing.

12:52 Results of the Presidential election will be declared by Saturday afternoon, says Uganda EC spokesman (NTV)

12:52 Voters waiting 4 all materials to be delivered @ polling stations in Katwe-KibuyeII.

12:50 Kabale presiding officer survives lynching after issuing preticked ballot, reports 91.4 Fm Capital City.

12:48 Concerned citizen expresses grave concern.

12:46 Independent President candidate Mabirizi expects victory with 53%, reports New Vision.


12:45 President Museveni also en-route to cast his vote, reports Samira Sawlani.

12:42 Police removes stuff from the road but angry mob puts them back in Namuwongo, reports Daily Monitor.

12:39 Ssembabule EC returning officer Latiff Ngonzi said the Mawogola South Presidential & Woman MP race will continue as scheduled, reports Urban TV Uganda.

12:31 Nabweru Gombolola Yusuf Nsibambi, P10 intercept car 8 boxes full of ballots pre-ticked for Museveni. Delivered to Police

12:25 Citizens on the ground report people in Kibuye Distirct are rioting. ballot papers were delayed, some were already ticked meanwhile residents in Namuwongo Rd have blocked the road due to voting delay.

12:14 The Electoral Commission apologises for delays.

12:12 The Electoral Commision toll free lines have closed ...no more reporting cases till after announcing results, reports Daily Monitor.

12:12 The three stuffed ballot boxes at Kajjansi dispensary have been seized by the police with a witness and new un ticked ones have been brought

2:06 Radio Presenter for 104.1 Power FM, Becky Kajjansi reports,

11:52 European Union Observer speaks to the media.

11:50 Some voters in Mbale not in the Voters' Register. The same has been reported in Kiiduuka Zone 3 in Mutungo, reports Radiocity 97FM.

11:45 Independent presidential candidate Joseph Elton Mabiriz has cast his ballot, reports New Vision.

11:39 Residents in Gulu District resume voting after disturbance of heavy rainfall, meanwhile voting in Koboko North County has also commenced reports New Vision.

11:36 Go Forward leader, Amama Mbabazi in Kanungu now ready to cast his vote

11:32 Godfrey Mutabaz, Executive Director of Uganda Communications states that "Once we get instruction from EC to turn it back on, we will. We do not know that time though," reports The Observer

11:28 Uganda Communications Commission states that social media shut down is due to rumours of voter bribery, reports Samira Sawlani.

11:25 The parliamentary election in Dokolo South constituency has been cancelled due swapped symbols attached by candidates, reports Urban TV Uganda. 

11:21 Eighty people have been arrested for election crimes, which includes voter bribery in Kireka for distributing sugar, flour, salt and cash, reports New Vision. 

11:11 Busiro County East, Kawempe Mbogo, Katuuso District, Wakiso in Kampala still waiting for ballot papers to arrive, reports The Observer

11:08 Bukedea Woman MP Rose Akol, arrested & detained for allegedly trying to steal ballot papers, reports New Vision

11:05 Entebbe had not received ballot boxes. Heavy police&military deployment says Uganda citizen. 

11:01 Bio-metric systems in Mukono have broken down leading to long queues at many polling stations, reports 933 KFM

10:51 'Ladies and Gentlemen, I hope the voting is going on well. I urge all who want to remain active on Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp to download Tunnelbear VPN. This is the only way I am able to access my wall right now despite the illegal information blackout. Go to Apple store, or Play store for android. Let members of your family know. Tell your friends," says Independent Go Forward presidential candidate, Amama Mbabazi.

10:48 Ballot boxes arrive in Mutundwe.


10:47 Some polling officials abandoned BVR machines. Voting underway after delays, but some Kampala stations waiting, reports Samira Sawlani.

10:47 Apparently social media platforms will be unblocked after security assessment- but Ugandan defiance, ppl have been using VPN access, reports Samira Sawlani.

10:40 Ugandans demand that Electoral Commission extend voting time due to delivery of voting material delay.

10:32 Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Spokeperson, Ssemujju Nganda states that 8 ballot boxes in Nabweru with pre-ticked ballots. 

10:27 Uganda Communications commission confirm that Facebook, Twitter, mobile money services blocked for security reasons, reports Samira Sawlani.

10:22 Voting at Makerere University however no covers on voting boxes.

10:21 Disgruntled Ugandans voice their frustrations.

10:01  Electoral Commission chairperson Badru Kiggundu says, "We want to reaffirm to all ugandans that as we speak now, some of the electoral materials have arrived at all the polling stations," reports New Vision. 

9:57 Ugandan citizens react to absent voting materials at various polling stations.

9:55 "This is not a free and fair election. All officials are appointed and managed by one of the candidates," Kizza Besigye, reports Kampala Dispatch.

9:55 "This is an election we are going to win by defiance," - Presidential candidate Besigye as he casts his vote, reports Kampala Dispatch

9:53 Presidential candidate Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leader, Kizza Besigye arrives at the polling station in Rukungiri to cast his vote, reports Kampala Dispatch

9:48 Photos stream in on Twitter as parts of Uganda vote.

9:45 Delayed voting in most centers Kampala. Some voters complain they received marked ballot papers, reports Kenyan Political Analyst, Gerald Lepariyo.


9:40 Ugandans turn to VPN (Virtual Private Network) options amid difficulties to access social media platforms, reports Kampala Dispatch.

9:36 Single female presidential candidate, Maureen Kayla Presidential candidate votes in Jinga.

9:34 False alarm in Makindye as only ballot boxes arrive, reports The Observer

9:32 Voting ballots arrive in Rubaga however reports that some people have already left.

9:23 Voting begins in parts of Uganda however locations are still not confirmed.

9:21 Despite delays with voting material Ugandans remain determined to cast their vote.

9:16 Voters in Makindye Kampala demonstrate over delayed voting material, reports Online Editor for Vision Group, Apollo Mubiru.

9:14 Voters in Nasana District react.

9:04 Ugandans remain disgruntled as they wait for voting material to arrive.

9:02 In order to access social media Ugandans should use Hotspot sheild, SurfEasy, SecurityKISS, Private Tunnel VPN Gate, Touch VPN. #UgandaDecides

9:00 According to The Obeserver the socialmedia outage reportedly ordered for 24hrs to eliminate sharing of info that may incite population during UgandaDecides

8:57 The Observer reports that BVR system is experiencing glitches.

8:53 Kira District struggle to figure out registration system.

8:47 Tension rises as voting material has still not arrived in Kisenyi District.

8:35 Voting material has not arrived in most parts of Uganda and a result some voting station locations have changed location.

8:31 Simon Opoka, Youth Development Activist reports that social media has been blocked.


8:26 Ballots arrive in Makerere. 

8:12 Member of the Board at Uganda Broadcasting Corporation, Simon Kaheru reports voting material in Mutungo, Kampala has arrived. 

8:01 Over 150 000 police, soldiers and other security forces have been deployed to ensure tight security, election officials have said.

Polls are due to close at 16:00.

Initial results are expected as early as Saturday afternoon with the leading candidate requiring more than 50 percent of votes cast to avoid a second round run-off. - AFP

8:01 Voting had begun in other stations across the city, however, including at the large Owino market, an AFP reporter said.

Internet access was unusually poor in Kampala, meaning many people found it difficult to access social media, including Facebook and WhatsApp, although there was no information as to what was causing the blockage.

Over 15 million Ugandans are registered to vote, casting ballots in over 28 000 polling stations for both a president and members of parliament, with 290 seats being contested by candidates from 29 political parties. - AFP

7:59 In the Kololo district of the capital Kampala, around 50 people waited to vote, but election officials had not turned up an hour after polling was meant to have begun.

Motorbike taxi driver Etima Karim, 35, said he wanted opposition leader candidate Kizza Besigye to win.

"He has to change things like health, hospitals and roads," Karim said as he waited for the polling station to open, criticising the delay in starting to vote. - AFP

7:59 According to AFP - Polls opened in Uganda's presidential and parliamentary elections Thursday, but several stations in the capital were delayed awaiting ballot papers.

Voting was due to begin at 07:00 but, despite queues forming outside polling booths, many had still not opened over an hour later.

President Yoweri Museveni faces a challenge from seven candidates but is widely predicted to win a fifth term, with the 71-year-old former rebel fighter who seized power in 1986 entering his fourth decade in power.

"Uganda Decides," the New Vison newspaper headline read. "Your vote counts," the Daily Monitor front-page said.

7:50 Reports indicate voting is now under way in most parts of the country.


7:38 Here are some important facts to remember

Over 15 million Ugandans are registered to vote, casting ballots in over 28 000 polling stations for both a president and members of parliament, with 290 seats being contested by candidates from 29 political parties.

Elections in 2006 and 2011 were marred by violent, and occasionally deadly, street protests and the liberal use of tear gas by heavy-handed police. However, apart from Monday's violence, campaigning has been relatively peaceful.

Museveni, who seized power in 1986, is one of Africa's longest serving leaders, after Equatorial Guinea's President Theodore Obiang Nguema, Angola's Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and Cameroon's Paul Biya. AFP reports

7:34 Watch the video below to get the sense of what is happening in some areas in Uganda. 

7:30 Security is tight, according to Radio Citizen

7:28 Finally voting begins in some parts.

7:22 Some are complaining about the scotching heat as they wait patiently in voting lines.

7:19 Late delivery of voting materials seems to be a major issue




7:07 There are reports that some are struggling to access social media in some parts of the country, with some areas said to be still waiting for the voting material. 


6:55 Uganda’s Electoral Commission has reiterated that Thursday’s election will be free and fair, urging anyone who will be dissatisfied with the results to seek the intervention of the Supreme Court – Citizen reports.

6:52 Vote counting will begin on Thursday evening.

"The electoral commission will tally results from all the districts of Uganda and finally declare the elected candidate for president within 48 hours from closure of polls," said election commission chairman Badru Kiggundu.

African Union Commission chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Wednesday called for "peace and calm before, during and after" the polls.

The US State Department has also stressed the need for a "peaceful, transparent and credible electoral process" and called on all sides to "refrain from provocative actions or rhetoric that raise tensions".

6:52 The other main challenger, Amama Mbabazi, a former prime minister and ruling party stalwart, has already accused the NRM of planning to stuff ballot boxes, a claim government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo dismissed as the "cry of a loser", according to the Monitor.

6:51 Key opposition candidate Kizza Besigye, a three-time loser whose brief detention by police triggered Monday's protests, said he is confident of a first-round win.

Voter turnout has followed a downward trajectory in recent elections with nearly three-quarters of eligible voters casting a ballot in 1996, during the country's first-ever competitive election, but only three-fifths bothering to turn out in 2011.

Museveni's share of those votes has also declined but most 2016 polls give him more than the 50% needed to avoid a run-off. He won his last five-year term in 2011 with 68%.

6:51 Elections in 2006 and 2011 were marred by violent, and occasionally deadly, street protests and the liberal use of tear gas by heavy-handed police. However, apart from an outbreak of violent protests in which one person died on Monday, campaigning has been relatively peaceful.

"Whoever will try to bring violence, you will see what we shall do to him. Those who want violence should play somewhere else, not Uganda," Museveni told thousands of supporters in his final rally on Tuesday.

"There are people spreading fear, but let them know that nobody should intimidate Ugandans, and nobody is going to disrupt the peace in Uganda."

6:51Polls open at 07:00 and close at 16:00. Initial results are expected as early as Saturday afternoon with the leading candidate requiring more than 50% of votes cast to avoid a second round run-off.

Museveni and his ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party, facing a challenge from seven candidates, are predicted to win a fifth term, with the 71-year-old former rebel fighter who seized power in 1986 entering his fourth decade in power.

Over 15 million Ugandans are registered to vote, casting ballots in over 28 000 polling stations for both a president and members of parliament, with 290 seats being contested by candidates from 29 political parties.

Kampala - Ugandans vote on Thursday in presidential and parliamentary polls with veteran leader Yoweri Museveni widely expected to extend his power into a fourth decade.

"We expect a peaceful exercise. Security is on the ground and we have put out messages calling on voters to come in big numbers on Thursday and cast their votes," national electoral commission spokesperson  Jotham Taremwa told AFP.

- News24


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