14 million Ugandans go to polls

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BY GLV Correspondent.

Kampala– At least 14 million people who registered to vote in the 2011 presidential election have started casting their votes this morning as delays plague the polling stations.

At Kalelwe polling station, at 10am the polling activities were just starting, with no explanation given as to why it had been delayed.

This is the second multi-party election in Uganda in thirty years. IPC flag bearer, Dr. Kiiza Besigye, told the media earlier that this election would bring an end to Museveni’s 25 years in power. However, Mr. Museveni has insisted that he’s not going anywhere, because Uganda is peaceful and the economy is doing well.

24,000 polling stations are in place for the Ugandans to decide their future President, as well as 349 Legislators.

Our reporter in Gulu district, a former stronghold of  Joseph Kony, controversial leader of the LRA forces, said that it was a happy day for the residents to who turned out to cast their votes.

Opposition leader, Kiiza Besigye has warned of a mass protest if Museveni rigs the election. Incumbent leader, Yoweri Museveni, however believes he will win to extend his 25-year rule in Uganda.

Mukaruriza’s take

Rwanda’s minister for the East Africa Community, earlier told Great Lakes Voice that she is concerned for security and wishes Uganda peaceful elections.

“Any conflict which might arise in one member states would affect the other member states, just like the post election violence in Kenya did,” Mukaruriza said in an interview.

Rwanda uses the north corridor for business, meaning that whenever Uganda faces any conflict,  Burundi and Rwanda will also be affected, Mukaruriza narrated. However, Mukaruriza ruled out the possibility that any conflict in a member state would bring the whole Community to collapse. “But we still want all member states to be peaceful,” she added.

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