Uganda election hailed as a success

In Summary

•Earlier ballot boxes arrived late at polling stations and biometric voter verification machines failed. But Mr Byabakama said these were just isolated incidents.

•The main opposition candidate, Bobi Wine, said some of his polling agents had been arrested.

Ugandan voters queue before casting their ballots in the presidential elections at a polling centre in Kampala, Uganda, January 14, 2021.
Ugandan voters queue before casting their ballots in the presidential elections at a polling centre in Kampala, Uganda, January 14, 2021.
Image: REUTERS

The chairman of Uganda's electoral commission, Simon Mugenyi Byabakama, has hailed the fiercely contested presidential and parliamentary as a success.

At a news conference in the capital Kampala, he said Ugandans had turned up in large numbers and voted peacefully in spite of the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier ballot boxes arrived late at polling stations and biometric voter verification machines failed. But Mr Byabakama said these were just isolated incidents.

The main opposition candidate, Bobi Wine, said some of his polling agents had been arrested.

He's challenging the incumbent, Yoweri Museveni who's been in power for nearly 35 years.

Museveni said he would accept the result if there were no irregularities.