Museveni romps to victory in Uganda poll

Yoweri Museveni

Yoweri Museveni

KAMPALA. – President Yoweri Museveni was on Saturday evening declared the winner of the 2016 presidential elections. Electoral Commission Chairperson, Dr Badru Kiggundu, announced the results from a contest of seven men and a woman. President Museveni, the NRM chairperson, polled 5 617 503 votes representing a 60,75 percent of the 9,2 million votes cast.

“The Electoral Commission declares Yoweri Kaguta Museveni elected President of the Republic of Uganda on the presidential elections held on February 18, 2016,” Kiggundu announced.

Besigye, a retired army colonel, received 3 270 290 votes representing a 35,3 percent. Former prime minister Amama Mbabazi came third with 132 574 votes or 1,4 percent and Dr Abed Bwanika followed with 0,93 percent of votes cast.

With 15 277 198 registered voters, the 9,2 million voters who turned up for the presidential elections represent 63 precent voter turnout. The results show an improvement of Besigye by 9,3 percent from the 2011 polls, with his resurgence in all regions of the country significantly pushing his figures up.

NRM secretary-general Justine Kasule Lumumba attributed the victory to “improved service delivery and security”. “In the next five years, government will make issues concerning youths such as creating employment take centre stage. We shall retrain graduates yet to be absorbed in the job market and through microfinance help those interested in starting their own jobs,” Lumumba said.

President Museveni’s fresh term, which is expected to come to a close in May 2021, will push his presidency to 35 years. The 2016 presidential election has been the most competitive since 2006 when Museveni, for the first time since 1996, saw his support dip below 60 percent of the votes cast. – New Vision

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  • Mambo

    Another stolen election…………Why are u ignoring the irregularities …..sounds familiar haaaa?

  • Nyamasvisva

    Congratulations Cde Museveni. Yet another affirmation that only God and/or the masses can decide on whether you continue or not as President. We have no doubt that you will continue to push Uganda up. There is no way you can still be president if the masses have not seen some extremely deep capabilities on governance and you love your nation. An election is an open opportunity for all to give a vote of no confidence – you have a vote of confidence. of course there will be dissenting voices- soldier on Cde.

  • Major Mupfupi WeGogwe

    The most despicable election campaign with a blatant and glaring rigging!!! Africa mahwani….