Ugandans voting in presidential elections, Museveni seeks to extend rule
Feb 18, Kampala: People across Uganda have begun voting in presidential elections, with incumbent Yoweri Museveni seeking to extend his 30-year rule. They are also voting in parliamentary and local elections on Thursday.
Altogether seven opposition candidates are taking part in the election, widely seen as the tightest in the country's history.
Museveni's two main challengers are veteran opposition leader Kizza Besigye and former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi.
Polls opened at 04:00 GMT on Thursday. More than 15 million people are eligible to cast their ballots.
A candidate needs to secure more than 50 percent of the vote to win outright and avoid a run-off with the second-ranked contender.
The Oslo Times