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Voting in Uganda’s presidential and parliamentary elections today faced hitches as the biometric system used to identify voters failed, largely blamed on internet shutdown.

Electoral Commission spokesperson Paul Bukenya said they have “had issues with the biometric machines”, as a result of network failure, and the electoral body has directed presiding officers to “put the machines aside.”

With more than 18 million registered voters in Uganda, 40.8 percent whom are aged below 30, are expected to vote in the polls to elect the next president and parliamentarians.

Polls opened at 7am EAT and are scheduled to close at 4pm EAT.

Long queues were witnessed at polling stations early morning and grew even longer as the biometric system failed.

Candidates expressed fear that the failure of the biometric voter identification system would slow down voting and many would be locked out as voting is scheduled to close at 4pm EAT (1pm GMT).

However, Mr Bukenya said that all voters who are in the queues at 4pm will be allowed to vote as per Electoral Commission guidelines.

Today Uganda decides……President Museveni is one of the longest-serving presidents in Africa. He and his National Resistance Movement came to power in 1986 at the end of a five-year war, and have led Uganda ever since.

His supporters praise him for bringing relative peace and prosperity to the country, and in particular for his policies on health.

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He helped limit the spread of HIV, and more recently his harsh lockdown which closed schools and business, banned vehicle movement and imposed mandatory public mask use in May is credited with tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

As the country votes today heavy military presence has been deployed in Kampala and all social media platforms have been shut down.

Being one of the longest serving presidents in Africa, Museveni is seeking for a sixth term in office.

He faces competition from 10 other challengers, 6 of the challengers are running on independent tickets.

The main challenger to Museveni in this election is 38 year old musician turned politician Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine.

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