Uganda's Bobi Wine rejects early election results

"We have certainly won this election and we have won it by far", Bobi Wine told a news conference at his home in the capital on Friday (January 15) in which he alleged fraud and violence in Thursday's polls but did not provide evidence.

His claims have not been independently verified by Reuters or observers, though the United States and the European Union, which have previously deployed observation missions for Ugandan elections, did not deploy teams this time.

With 29.4% of votes from Thursday's ballot counted, Museveni had won 1,852,263 votes, or 63.9%, while Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, had 821,874 (28.4%), the electoral commission said just after 11 a.m.

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BOBI WINE: I am very confident that we defeated the dictator by far. I call upon all Ugandans to reject the blackmail. We have certainly won this election, and we've won it by far. General Museveni and his small clique of oppressors are trying yet again to impose themselves on the people of Uganda.

The people of Uganda voted massively for change of leadership. There was no secret ballot. In most polling stations, the military gave people pre-ticked ballots. They gave them pre-ticked ballot papers.

In other cases, some people were ordered to vote from the desk in the presence of everyone. Several of our phone numbers, including mine and my wife have been switched off. They have been disconnected illegally. The military is deployed everywhere. The dictatorship is in panic.

--illegal, high-handed actions. We are law-abiding citizens. We are non-violent. We are not criminals. We do everything we do within the law, and we shall do everything we will do within the law. [INAUDIBLE]