President Yoweri Museveni has taken the lead in Uganda’s presidential elections according to preliminary results released by the Electoral Commission. With just over 44% of the ballots counted, President Museveni has received 62.82%, Dr. Kizza Besigye has received 32.72%, and Amama Mbabazi just 1.71%. The five other opposition candidates have each received less than 1% of the votes. Of the more than 4.5 million votes already counted, less than 5% were found to be invalid. Voting resumed Friday morning in a handful of areas where there had been delays on Thursday. The Electoral Commission has made provisions for these areas in an attempt to ensure all voters are able to cast a ballot.
The Electoral Commission has confirmed that results will be announced on Saturday, as per Ugandan law which states that election results must be released within 48 hours. Prior to the official announcement, the Electoral Commission is posting the provisional results in near real time on their website.
By law, only the Electoral Commission can declare election results. Authorities arrested opposition candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye today for attempting to release results from his own tallying center. This is the third time in a week that authorities have intervened with Dr. Besigye, who vowed to run a campaign of defiance. Other than these incidents outside of Dr. Besigye’s headquarters, there have been few reports of election related violence.