Ugandans have begun voting in presidential elections.
Voting started today Thursday 14th with the long time president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni facing opposition led by the popular musician cum legislator Bobi Wine.
Ballot papers did not arrive on time in some of the polling stations and therefore voting started at least 60-90 minutes late.
Lines of voters have been growing and soldiers and police in riot gear are patrolling the capital.
Uganda which has a population of 46million people has been under internet blackout after the communication regulator ordered telecoms operators to suspend the services from Wednesday, this is according to South African telecoms company MTN Group, which is the largest operator in Uganda.
Bobi Wine says that Museveni is an out of touch dictator who has failed to tackle unemployment and surging public debt.
Museveni on the other hand says Bobi Wine is an upstart who is backed by foreign governments and homosexuals and that his administration guarantees stability and progress.
Bobi Wine’s supporters danced and cheered as he arrived at his polling station. He was surrounded by police in black uniforms, bullet proof vests and helmets.
“We have made every effort to observe and watch this election, and we will know the answer,” Wine said.
The Ugandan campaigns have been faced with violence with people being killed when security teams make crack downs on opposition gatherings.
Opposition candidate supporters and staff have been arrested repeatedly with the government using COVID-19 as a scapegoat in the name of stopping illegal gatherings.
It is speculated that even though Bobi Wine has the momentum and an energized support. Museveni remains the frontrunner to win the presidency as he is equipped with an army and the police are behind him.
Polls close at 5pm and the first results are expected by Saturday evening.