Al Jazeera’s Malcolm Webb, reporting from Kampala, said the conduct of the election had been criticised by European Union observers.
“They said the use of force against the opposition has been unacceptable and they also said the electoral commission has lacked transparency,” he said.
In an interview with Al Jazeera, Eduard Kukan, European Union’s chief observer, called the work of the electoral commission a “failure”.
Kukan, however, said the observers have not personally witnessed the alleged stuffing of ballot boxes and vote rigging.
Our correspondent said it was unclear how opposition supporters would react to the outcome of the election.
The electoral commission rejected the criticism and said it had conducted the elections in a free and fair way.
Earlier, Jonathan Taremwa, a spokesman for the electoral commission, told Al Jazeera the vote was “transparent” and “fair”.
“Some people didn’t get to vote. It was unfortunate, it was regrettable, and the commission offered an apology. We finally had stations [affected by delays] opened for votes and later extended the voting from 4pm to 7pm,” Taremwa said.
Besigye’s supporters said the delays were deliberate and were aimed at favouring Museveni.
Ugandans have started casting their votes to decide whether to give Yoweri Museveni, in power for three decades, another term in office. Because of delays in delivering voting materials, voting started late at many polling stations, and at some stations voting had not even begun several minutes after the official opening time. Museveni faces a […]