Museveni leads early vote count

2011-02-19 14:32

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni held a comfortable lead in early poll results today, with the veteran leader securing 71% of the 3.5 million ballots tallied so far.

According to the electoral commission, Museveni had garnered 2 432  864 votes while his main rival, Kizza Besigye, had only managed 781 353, giving him 22.9% of the vote.

The votes tallied so far represent a quarter of Uganda’s 14-million electorate.

The electoral commission did not provide an accurate turnout figure but said it would be higher than the 69% achieved for the 2006 presidential election.

Besigye, who accused the regime of planning to rig the election even before the polls kicked off, is conducting his own vote-counting in a secret tallying centre in Kampala.

The opposition leader’s own partial returns suggest a much closer race.

He has pledged to announce results later today.

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