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Uganda’s preliminary results rejected by Bobi Wine

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Uganda’s preliminary Presidential results have been rejected by NUP candidate in the just concluded election Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine.

Bobi wine claims he is leading amid massive irregularities witnessed in the polling stations during the voting exercise yesterday.

Incumbent president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni had this morning made a leap towards sealing stay in office beyond 35 years after he steadily stretched a lead over ten other candidates eyeing Uganda’s presidency.

Mr Museveni, 76, eclipsed 1.5 million votes while opposition front-runner and NUP presidential candidate, Bobi Wine had gained but was still trailing with 647,146 votes (27.39%), according to Electoral Commission’s (EC) second batch of provisional results.

The race remains tight and too early to call with results in- accounting for just over 23.69 per cent of the total 34,684 polling centres spread across the country but Bobi Wine Thursday hinted on possibility of rejecting results in election that was marred by gross irregularities.

Bobi Wine.

NRM presidential candidate Museveni- who has been in power since 1986, has a historical cycle of winning in elections that have overly been rejected by opposition and at some point international observers highlighting irregularities.

Independent presidential candidate Ms Nancy Kalembe said she was optimistic that “Museveni would surrender and allow peaceful transition after election defeat.”

The January 14 election is largely seen by opposition figures as a crucial ‘revolution and referenda vote’ on whether Mr Museveni who has been in power since 1986 can extend his rule to four decades or not.

Uganda went into elections still in the aftershock of deadly November 18/19 protests that claimed over 50 people following the arrest of Bobi Wine in the eastern district Luuka District.

The protests exposed Uganda’s electoral violence and scores of people have gone on to die with thousands of opposition supporters in detention.

The electoral body  is tasked by the constitution to declare final results within 48 hours after closure of polls.

Museveni maintains lead in Uganda (watch)

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