President Museveni declares victory ahead of elections

As the people of Uganda are prepared to choose their next leader on January 14, the incumbent President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, says he has no doubt he will win the election by an overwhelming margin.

“Two days to victory,” declared Uganda’s long-term President— who has ruled with an iron fist for more than three decades.

Museveni faces stiff opposition from a 38-year-old musician, Robert Kyagulanyi, commonly known by his stage name as Bobi Wine.

With only two days left for Ugandans to exercise their constitutional rights, the United States is concerned about reports of intimidation and repression against civil society groups.

“The U.S. government remains concerned over disturbing signs that civic space is closing. With the election only days away, restrictions on civil society organizations (CSOs), delayed accreditation of domestic observers by the Electoral Commission, and interference with non-partisan voter education programming funded by Uganda’s international democratic partners have raised serious concerns about Uganda’s preparedness for a transparent, inclusive election,” said U.S. Ambassador Natalie E. Brown.

“We remain particularly concerned over how Ugandan institutions continue to block the bank accounts of several reputable and well-known CSOs, on questionable bases, preventing their important work on voter education, domestic election observation, public dialogues, and tracking and preventing election-related violence.”

“These are globally accepted non-partisan elections activities funded by the U.S., the European Union, and other international partners who are merely supporting the Ugandan people in living up to their own constitutionally mandated election standards.”

In recent months, more than 50 people have been killed and hundreds injured in the wake of an altercation between the Ugandan police and supporters of Bobi Wine.

Trump’s Twitter account red-flagged for misinformation and hate speech

AJ showing US election results live on Friday |Photo: AlJazeera

November 7, 2020 (Thessherald)–Donald Trump’s Twitter account has been red-flagged for posting baseless information and misleading content about the US elections as he lags far behind his opponent in the race for the White House.

Trump was accused of violating Twitter’s Civic Integrity Policy, which states that “You may not use Twitter’s services for the purpose of manipulating or interfering in elections or other civic processes.”

The 45th president of the United States blasted three social media giant companies for shielding behind Section 230 that protects them [Google, Facebook and Twitter] from potential lawsuits.

“Twitter is out of control, made possible through the government gift of Section 230,” said Donald Trump on Friday.

Under Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act of 1996, it states that there should be a shield for large social media companies from liability for the content posted on their platforms.

Amid allegations of irregularities in the election process, Trump has insisted that legal action be taken to recover stolen votes, a move rejected by Democrats on Thursday.

“I had such a big lead in all of these states late into election night, only to see the leads miraculously disappear as the days went by. Perhaps these leads will return as our legal proceedings move forward,” he claimed.

Observers described the ongoing presidential race as one of the chaotic elections in US history.