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Ugandans go to the polls in presidential election

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People queue to cast their vote at a polling centre in Rushere, Kiruhura district, about 185 miles west of the capital Kampala, on Feb. 18. Ugandans voted in an election on Friday expected to extend President Yoweri Museveni's time in power to three decades but which could turn nasty because the opposition wants street protests if the poll were deemed rigged.

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A Ugandan electoral commission official serves a woman at a polling centre in Rushere, Kiruhura district on Feb. 18.

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Women wait in line to vote at the Mukwano polling station in central Kampala, Uganda on Feb. 18.

 

Reuters reports:

Ugandans voted in an election on Friday expected to hand President Yoweri Museveni a fourth term in office but which has been marred by allegations of rampant bribery and fears the process could turn nasty.

Opposition front-runner Kizza Besigye, who has twice tried and failed to beat Museveni at the ballot box, wants street protests if the poll is deemed rigged, and plans to release his own tally of results alongside the official vote count.

Read more on the background to the election here.