Only 10,359,479 voters participated in the polls, out of the 18,103,603 voters registered voters across the country. The figures indicate that the Thursday poll had a voter turnout of 57.22 per cent less than the 2016 election’s where the turn out stood at 62.61 per cent and 2006 when up to 69.2 per cent of all registered voters were able to participate.
Using Botometer, a social media observatory tool created at Indiana University which can detect suspected bot accounts, URN reporters found out that five of the top ten accounts tweeting about NRM manifesto messages and events are suspected bot accounts. Botometer places the likelihood of the accounts in question to be bots above 72 percent.
Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) presidential candidate, Gen. Mugisha Muntu says that they condemn the act and that his party joins NUP and all fair-minded Ugandans in calling upon the immediate release of Kyagulanyi.
“The impunity with which security operatives are operating in the continued harassment and now arrest of Hon. Kyagulanyi is leading this country closer towards a breaking point. If a presidential candidate can be arrested in that manner, the population should ask themselves…what happens to people that are not at that elevation,” says Muntu.
Bonny Okema, a phone technician along the main street told URN while laughing that he was shocked by the rare view of the presidential hopeful. Okema explained that he had thought that the country`s youngest presidential candidate was an artist shooting his video since he was moving with youth who visibly looked like street gangs.
Ebetu intends to contest as an independent and is currently traversing Acholi Sub Region to gather signatures from not less than 100 registered voters in each district as required by the Electoral Commission for his nomination.