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Ugandans go to the polls on February 18, 2016 to decide who will lead the country for the next five years. While a fifth term for President Museveni is seen as a inevitable conclusion that will extend his 30 year rule, This Is Africa presents a local perspective of the elections events as they unfold.


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Uganda Elections: Voting starts late in some stations, social media blocked

The head of Uganda’s media regulator, Godfrey Mutabazi, said the social media block was introduced after a request from the electoral commission. Uganda’s leading mobile operator MTN, which has 10 million users, confirmed that it had received an order to shut down social media services. The election was also marred by delays of up to five hours at some polling stations.

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Why the 2016 election results will be highly contested

As the people of Uganda prepare to go the polls on Thursday one is left to wonder whether Presidential elections have seized to be a legitimate exercise through which power exchanges hands or a ritual that the citizens indulge to simulate their civic duty. In her 54-year history, nine heads of state have occupied the nation’s state house, but never has a sitting president wilfully handed over the keys to another.

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Besigye arrest puts the police on the spot as room for freedom of expression narrows ahead of Uganda polls

According to the EC statistics, over 15 million voters are expected to turn up for the highly anticipated voting exercise but if the intimidation, arrest or threat of arrest, and violence continue to dominate Uganda’s public sphere, voter turnout could go down as in past elections , affecting the outcome of the election. What can we expect? Alex Taremwa from Kampala reports.