Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has won a sixth term as president, extending his 35 years in office.
The 76-year-old won 59% of the vote while his nearest rival Robert Kyagulanyi, known by his stage name Bobi Wine, took 35%, the election commission said.
The nation has 18.1 million registered voters out of a population of about 45 million.
Wine, 38, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi and who became a lawmaker in 2017, presented himself as a youthful alternative to the 76-year-old Museveni — who came to power in a coup in 1986. The campaign was marred by violence and opposition allegations that the government was trying to rig the outcome in favor of the incumbent.
The U.S., European Union and several civil rights groups said the authorities hindered the opposition’s campaign, undermining the integrity of the vote.
Wine’s National Unity Platform rejected the initial results. The party is keeping its own tally based on announcements made at polling stations around the country, spokesman Joel Ssenyonyi said.
“Let him show the country in what manner and what form the results are rigged,” the electoral body’s chairman, Simon Byabakama, told reporters in the capital, Kampala.