Uganda goes to the polls, social media shutdown

14Jan 2021
UGANDA
The Guardian
Uganda goes to the polls, social media shutdown

76-year-old President Yoweri Museveni is seeking his sixth term in office after more than three decades in power.

After serving the office of the president for 35 years it is 38-year-old pop star that leads the opposition camp against the incumbent president.

76-year-old President Yoweri Museveni is seeking his sixth term in office after more than three decades in power.

After serving the office of the president for 35 years it is 38-year-old pop star that leads the opposition camp against the incumbent president.

Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine is a public favorite along with some 10 other opposition leaders. However, while the Pearl of Africa votes, the US has cancelled its observation saying most of its ‘accreditation requests were denied.’

At statement released by the U.S. embassy in Uganda says;

"Absent the robust participation of observers, particularly Ugandan observers who are answerable to their fellow citizens, Uganda's elections will lack the accountability, transparency and confidence that observer missions provide."

However in his defense spokesman to president Museveni, Don Wanyama said the African Union and East African Community are observing the elections and all will be fair.

Speaking to CNN, incumbent president Museveni said he is willing to step down should he lose in today’s voting.

Meanwhile, social media in Uganda has been shutdown affecting communication especially among the youth.

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) is reported to have ordered a shutdown of social media but the authority has not issued any public report on the claims.

NetBlocks, an internet monitoring group says ‘it has noted restrictions on all major internet providers.’

More on Uganda elections here: https://epaper.ippmedia.com