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Uganda challenger rejects presidential vote tally

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    Uganda challenger rejects presidential vote tally

    AP – Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni shows the ink mark on the thumb after he voted in Kiruhura district, …

    By MAX DELANY and GODFREY OLUKYA, Associated Press Max Delany And Godfrey Olukya, Associated Press

    KAMPALA, Uganda – Returns from Uganda's presidential election announced Saturday showed President Yoweri Museveni with a huge lead over his rival, making it likely he will extend his 25-year hold on power. The top challenger said the results were not acceptable and was considering his options.

    With two-thirds of the votes counted, Museveni had about 69 percent of the ballots cast. Top rival Kizza Besigye had just shy of 25 percent. Final results are to be announced Sunday.

    Besigye has previously threatened Egypt-style protests if the results are not in line with what he and his supporters believe the true returns are. On Saturday he rejected the official results projecting a large win for Museveni.

    "It is now clear the will of the people cannot be expressed through the electoral process," Besigye said. "We the Ugandan people will eventually prevail."

    Electoral Commission chairman Badru Kiggundu said counting was going smoothly but he said there had been some problems on voting day. John Mary Odoy, director of Democracy Monitoring Group, said several abnormalities were reported during Friday's vote, including ballots pre-marked for Museveni's party and observers being refused access to polling stations.

    "There is no election in the world that is 100 percent without problems," Kiggundu said. "We are only five years into the current multiparty system."

    Museveni, an ex-rebel commander who seized power at the head of a guerrilla army in 1986, once criticized African rulers who clung to power. But he sought another five-year term as a president who has fostered peace, stability and growth.

    Museveni, who is vague about his age and is either 66 or 67, has mostly escaped the wrath recently aimed at other long-serving African leaders.

    Besigye plans to release his own tally of results and is threatening Egypt-style unrest. He insists Uganda is ready for popular revolt. Museveni has said there will be no such protests in his country and that he will jail anyone who attempts to spark unrest.

    While previous election campaigns were marred by violence against opposition candidates, observers say Museveni allowed opposition candidates a freer hand to campaign this year, perhaps thinking that allowing true competition would win him points with voters.
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    Uganda's Opposition Rejects Presidential Poll Results

    First Published Sunday, 20 February 2011 01:47 pm - © 2011 Dow Jones

    KAMPALA Uganda (Dow Jones)-Uganda's opposition rejected the results of the Feb. 18 presidential polls citing numerous irregularities ranging from rigging to voter bribery, the opposition leader said Sunday.

    Kizza Besigye, the presidential candidate for Interparty Coalition told reporters in Kampala that results of the elections aren't a true reflection of the will of Ugandans because the exercise was marred by widespread irregularities which worked in favor of incumbent President Yoweri Museveni.

    Partial results released Sunday indicate that incumbent Yoweri Museveni is well ahead of Besigye with at least 68% of the vote. "These results were predetermined and we cannot accept them," he said. "If indeed this is a popular government why would they deploy the military, including armored vehicle cars and military helicopters on the voting day."

    Besigye claimed that opposition agents were chased from polling stations across the country to aid vote rigging in favor the incumbent. According to Besigye, the opposition coalition had also decided to refer the dispute to "the people" because previous attempts to seek court redress haven't been helpful. The opposition is expected to call for street protests.

    The streets of Kampala were largely deserted Sunday as people waited anxiously for an announcement from the Electoral Commission. The military has since maintained a strong presence in the city.

    During the campaigns, the opposition had threatened to hold protests should the vote be ruled in favor of the incumbent. The European Union election observer mission said separately that the electoral process was marred by avoidable administrative and logistical failures which led to unacceptable numbers of Ugandans being disenfranchised.

    "We have found that the power of the incumbency was exercised to such an extent as to compromise severely the level playing field," the group said.