Uganda: US, UK calls for thorough investigation of electoral fraud claims

EYEAFRICA TV:- U.S. and U.K. have called on Saturday for thorough investigation of fraud claims in this week’s election in Uganda, where President Yoweri Museveni has been declared the winner.

The final provisional results announced by the electoral commission on Saturday showed Museveni winning 58.64% of the votes. His major rival Bobi Wine received 34.83%.

Bobi Wine, claims widespread irregularities and fraud but the electoral commission dismissed those allegations calling the former pop star to present proofs.

U.S. Department of State’s spokesperson, Morgan Ortagus said the U.S. is deeply troubled by the many credible reports of security force violence during the pre-election period and election irregularities during the polls.

“We strongly urge independent, credible, impartial, and thorough investigations into these reports and that those responsible be held accountable,” she emphasized in a statement.

While expressing concerned by harassment of and continued threats to civil society, Ms. Ortagus called for immediate restoration of internet and social media services.

U.K. Minister for Africa, James Duddridge expressed concern about the overall political climate in the run up to the elections and the electoral process.

“It is important these concerns are raised, investigated and resolved in a peaceful, legal and constitutional manner,” he said in a statement.

Duddridge called on all parties, including the security services and Uganda’s political movements, to act with restraint to ensure the peaceful resolution of disputes.

“As a longstanding partner, we urge Uganda to continue to strive to meet its own international human rights commitments, including respecting the right to freedom of opinion, freedom of expression and freedom of the media.”

Museveni, a former guerrilla commander who came to power in 1986, could be ruling for 40 years by time his 6th term runs out.

This year’s election took place amid increasing tension and internet shutdown.

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