On February 18th the people of Uganda voted for their president and President Yoweri Museveni was re-elected. He has been the president of Uganda since 1986 after a five-year revolutionary war and has been one of the longest serving presidents in East Africa.
The results were announced on 20th February by the chairperson of the Electoral Commission Mr. Badru Kiggundu and showed Museveni had won in all the districts. The other candidates included Col. Kizza Besigye, of the Forum for Democratic Change, Jaberi Bidandi Ssali from Peoples Progressive Party, Nobert Mao from Democratic Party, Beti Olive Kamya from Uganda Federal Alliance, Dr. Abed Bwanika from Peoples Development Party, Olara Otunnu from Uganda People’s Congress, and independent Samuel Lubega.
According to the records, Besigye’s score dropped by 11%compared to that of 2006 while for Museveni it rose by 10%.the campaigns were not violent though in some areas like Mbale and Arua had a little violence. The results were not accepted by Besigye who was Museveni’s closest competitor and he said there was some forgery.kiggundu said there could have made a few mistakes but these mistakes did not affect the results. He also said anyone who thought the results were unfair should record down his reasons and should also remain stable.