Uganda’s election commission on Saturday has declared incumbent Yoweri Museveni the winner of the presidential election, extending his 35-year rule as his main rival alleged fraud and urged citizens to reject the result.
Museveni won 5.85 million votes, or 58.64 percent, of the total while main opposition candidate Bobi Wine won 3.48 million votes or 34.83 percent, the electoral commission said in a televised news conference.
“The electoral commission declares Yoweri Museveni … elected president of the republic of Uganda,” said election commission chairman Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama.
Wine, 38, galvanised young Ugandans with his calls for political change and pledged to end what he calls dictatorship and widespread corruption.
Security personnel and police were out in force patrolling the capital, Kampala, on Saturday. The government ordered the internet shut down the day before the election, and the blackout was still in place.
Museveni, 76, campaigned for another term arguing his long experience in office makes him a good leader while promising to keep delivering stability and progress.