The UK government has welcomed the relatively calm passing of the elections in Uganda and notes the re-election of H.E. Yoweri Museveni as President
Last week, president Museveni secured a sixth five-year term extending his rule for 40 years. He took power in 1986.
Electoral Commission head Simon Byabakama announced on Saturday that Mr. Museveni had won 58.64% to Bobi Wine’s 34.83% of the total votes cast
After the announcement, an eerie silence, empty streets and a heavy security presence prevailed.
After he was declared winner, President Museveni said that the poll could be the “most cheating-free” in the history of the country.
However, 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 lawyers from putting together a legal case.
In a statement, Minister for Africa, James Duddridge said: Many in Uganda and beyond have expressed concerns about the overall political climate in the run up to the elections as well as the electoral process. It is important these concerns are raised, investigated and resolved in a peaceful, legal and constitutional manner. We ask that all parties, including the security services, but also all of Uganda’s political movements, act with restraint to ensure the peaceful resolution of disputes.
‘’ We commend the role of the media, observers and civil society throughout the elections. The UK is concerned by the national internet shutdown, which clearly limited the transparency of the elections, and constrained the freedoms that Ugandans are entitled to.’’ Duddridge said
He says The UK, a steadfast advocate for Ugandan democracy and we will continue to work to achieve inclusive democratic progress that delivers for future generations.
‘ ‘As a longstanding partner, we urge Uganda to continue to strive to meet its own international human rights commitments, including respecting the right to freedom of opinion, freedom of expression and freedom of the media’’.
Observer missions speak out
The EAC observer mission led by former Burundian President Domitien Ndayizeye highlighted that “the violence witnessed during the campaign was regrettable and do not augur well for democratic culture and promotion of tolerance of alternative views.”
The EAC mission urged government to review the performance of security forces in the electoral processes and address the issues, which may have triggered use of force and accusations of bias against Opposition parties.