U.S. Calls for Audit of Uganda Election Results

The U.S. government has reportedly called for "independent, credible, impartial and thorough" investigations into alleged irregularities in the country's presidential elections. It is also demanding the probing of members of state security services for alleged abuses against opposition candidates and civil society. Ugandan officials, including President Yoweri Museveni have reportedly admitted that security forces killed at least 54 civilians in November 2020 while subduing protests sparked by the arrest of opposition candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine. According to President Yoweri Museveni, his administration is investigating the killings, but has provided no timelines on when the findings would be made public. Museveni won the January 14 poll with 60% while runner-up Bobi Wine, who received 35% of the valid votes, rejected the results and called for an audit, which was never undertaken.

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A polling assistant verifies a voter’s details at Police Post Polling Station in Rubaga Division, Kampala, during the January 14 election (file photo).

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