Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni shows his ink stained finger after voting in presidential electionsImage copyrightReuters
President Yoweri Museveni won by a large margin
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has won a fifth term as president, extending his 30 years in office.
The 71-year-old won 60.75% of the vote while his nearest rival Kizza Besigye took 35%, the election commission said.
Mr Museveni’s supporters said his opponents had failed to offer any chance of progress.
But Mr Besigye, who is under house arrest, said the results were a “sham”, calling on the international community to reject them.
“We have just witnessed what must be the most fraudulent electoral process in Uganda,” he said in a statement.
EU observers have also criticised the poll, saying the governing party had created an “intimidating atmosphere” and that the opposition alleged vote rigging.
While praising the “remarkable determination” of Ugandans to vote, EU Chief Observer Eduard Kukan said the governing National Resistance Movement’s “domination of the political landscape distorted the fairness of the campaign”.
The election has been marred by sporadic violence and opposition allegations of electoral fraud, with social media sites and messaging apps blocked.