Ugandans have lined up to vote in the presidential and parliamentary elections under strict security and an internet blackout after one of the most violent campaigns in years.
The internet went down on the eve of Thursday’s vote, with parts of the country reporting complete disruptions or significant slowdowns,
Longtime President Yoweri Museveni, 76, is seeking a sixth term against popular singer-turned-politician Bobi Wine, a 38-year-old former pop star whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.
Bobi Wine said several polling officers from his party were arrested in the morning after voting alongside his wife in front of a crowd of dancing and singing supporters.
“In 22 districts, our teams are on the run because they are surrounded and pursued by police and soldiers as if they were criminals,” he said.
Some 18 million voters are registered for the presidential and parliamentary vote, and the results are expected by Saturday.