Daily Monitor:Voters stay away from local council elections

Mr Museveni’s closest challenger, Dr Kizza Besigye, who garnered 3.5 million votes, rejected the results and has indicated that he is considering petitioning the Supreme Court.

Observer missions also punched holes in the credibility of Mr Museveni’s victory, citing late delivery of materials in Opposition strongholds, intimidation and voter bribery as some of the factors that tilted the scales in the incumbent’s favour.

A polling agent takes a nap as he waits for voters on Wednesday 24th February's  local council elections

The United States, among other countries, noted that the polls were “deeply inconsistent with international standards and expectations for any democratic process,” while the Commonwealth Observer Mission led by former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo said the polls “fell short of democratic benchmarks.

Mr Crispy Kaheru, the national coordinator of the Citizens Coalition for Electoral Democracy Uganda (CCEDU), that also raised red flags over the presidential election, says there is a “feeling of disgruntlement” which could have caused the low voter turnout yesterday. “People feel their participation was not valued and that could account for the low voter turnout.

Some polling stations were not included in the national tally, in some polling stations, voting was cancelled all together, in other polling stations, getting voting materials there was problematic. So people feel like why should I go there and be mistreated for the second time?” Mr Kaheru said.

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