The US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus praised Ugandans on Saturday for voting despite an environment of intimidation and fear.
The electoral commission declared Mr Museveni the winner
President Museveni’s re-election with 58.6 percent of the vote, to Wine’s 34.8 percent, came after the most violent election campaign in recent years, with the harassment of the opposition, media and deaths of scores of Wine’s supporters.
Dozens of people were killed during violence in the run-up to the election. Opposition politicians have also accused the government of harassment
‘ ‘The Ugandan people turned out to vote in multiparty national elections on January 14 despite an environment of intimidation and fear. We are deeply troubled by the many credible reports of security force violence during the pre-election period and election irregularities during the polls. ‘’ a statement reads from US State Department reads In part.
Morgan said : ‘ ‘We strongly urge independent, credible, impartial, and thorough investigations into these reports and that those responsible be held accountable. We condemn the continuing attacks on political candidates and urge the government to respect their human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the freedom of expression. ‘’
She added: We are gravely concerned by harassment of and continued threats to civil society. Finally, we note the continued nationwide shutdown of the Internet and call for its immediate restoration along with that of social media services.
She called on all parties to reject violence and to use constitutional and legal means to address complaints.
‘‘We call upon the Government of Uganda to respect freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly, and to hold accountable members of the security forces responsible for violence and abuses. We reiterate our intention to pursue action against those responsible for the undermining of democracy and human rights in Uganda.’’
President Museveni said on Saturday that the poll could be the “most cheating-free” in the history of the country.
Bobi Wine on Sunday, said he has video footage of ballot box stuffing, soldiers forcing people to vote in a certain way or pre-ticking ballots, but that the internet shutdown is preventing his local lawyers from putting together a legal case.
He called for international sanctions against Museveni, the release of political prisoners, the restoration of internet, an international audit of the election and for “all the nations to kindly re-audit their relationship with Uganda”.
He said he has been unable to meet his party officials to decide on a way forward but “we are putting all non-violent, all legal and all constitutional options on the table and that includes peaceful and legal protests”.
Thousands of votes cast at some 1,257 polling stations countrywide were not included in the presidential election results that the Electoral Commission (EC) announced on Saturday, the Daily Monitor reported on monday
The most affected is Wakiso District where of the 1,434 polling stations, the EC final results excluded tallies from as many as 271.
According to EC data, Kampala registered the highest number of voters in the country, at 1.2 million, with Wakiso District coming second with 1.1 million voters.
Results from 50 polling stations in Kampala had not been counted by the time EC chairperson Simon Byabakama declared Mr Museveni Tibuhaburwa, the incumbent, the President-elect after he fetched 58.6 per cent of the nearly 10 million valid votes cast nationwide in last Thursday’s vote.