Ugandans vote in large numbers in clash between young and old

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Ugandans vote in large numbers in clash between young and old

Opposition candidate Bobi Wine appeals to young voters who say the only president they’ve ever known is an out-of-touch dictator

Maggie Fick

Ugandans wearing face masks to brave the pandemic voted on Thursday as police and soldiers patrolled the streets of the capital during a presidential election pitting long-time leader Yoweri Museveni against popular singer Bobi Wine.

Long lines of voters snaked out of polling stations in Kampala, a stronghold for an opposition galvanised by popstar-turned-politician Wine despite a campaign scarred by deadly crackdowns.

Polls closed at 4pm, but voters in line then were allowed to cast their ballots. At two stations in Kampala, between 75 and 100 people were still queuing after 4pm while at three others, staff were preparing to count votes...

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