By KBC Reporter
Uganda’s incumbent President Yoweri Museveni appears headed for victory with results from about a fifth of the ballots in Thursday’s presidential election already counted.
Releasing the third round of provisional results, Electoral Commission Chair Badru Kiggundu says Museveni has so far garnered 2,191,281 or 62.03% of the vote while Dr Kizza Besigye, of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) comes in second with 1,182,025 representing 33.46% in 10,247 out of the 28,010 polling stations.
Initial results are expected as early as on Saturday afternoon, with the leading candidate requiring more than 50 percent of votes cast to avoid a second round runoff.
Museveni, a former rebel who seized power in 1986, is widely expected to win a fifth term, which would extend his power into a fourth decade.
Elections in 2006 and 2011 were marred by violent and occasionally deadly street protests and a liberal use of tear gas by heavy-handed police.
Besigye, who has contested the presidential election three times, says he is confident of a first-round win.
Meanwhile, dozens of polling stations in Uganda were forced to open for the second day on Friday after the late delivery of ballot boxes and voting papers prevented many from casting their ballot.
In the Capital Kampala, Thursday’s elections were disrupted by the late arrival of polling materials, angry demonstrations by frustrated voters, police use of tear gas and the brief arrest of an opposition candidate.
A total of 36 polling stations in the city and the surrounding Wakiso district were due to reopen on Friday morning.
Voting in the other 28,000 polling stations went on smoothly and counting has already begun.
On Friday morning in Kampala suburb of Ggaba – where riot police had used tear gas to disperse crowds of frustrated voters the previous afternoon – queues formed soon after dawn.