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Ugandans head to polls as social media, mobile Money blocked by UCC

Voting has started in Uganda today morning with 15 million voters expected to cast their votes. Today’s elections see 8 candidates tussle it out for the country’s top job. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is expected to win a fifth term but his main rival and former personal doctor Kizza Besigye is set to give a run for his money alongside former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi.

Hajji Muyanja Mbabaali lineup alongside his wife Mariam Najjemba Mbabaali and other voters at Ngondati Playground polling station

Hajji Muyanja Mbabaali lineup alongside his wife Mariam Najjemba Mbabaali and other voters at Ngondati Playground polling station

Members of parliament for constituencies and district women MPs will also be elected today. Bukoto South constituency in Lwengo district aspirant Hajji Muyanja Mbabaali who is expected to win massively the seat has already cast his vote. He voted today morning at Ngondati Playground Polling station at 8:50am.

Hajji Muyanja Mbabaali casting his vote today morning at Ngondati Playground polling station

Hajji Muyanja Mbabaali casting his vote today morning at Ngondati Playground polling station

As the voting kicked off, Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) confirmed that it has blocked social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Instagram. Mobile Money services were also suspended by the same body.

UCC boss Godfrey Mutabazi confirmed the suspension of social media

UCC boss Godfrey Mutabazi confirmed the suspension of social media

Mr Godfrey Mutabazi, the current Executive Director of Uganda Communications Commission confirmed the suspension of social media adding that it was only for a few days.

Social media has been suspended in Uganda

Social media has been suspended in Uganda

The normal service will be restored after elections. The platforms were suspended to avoid alarming, inciting violence like messages and false posts which they said is putting the country’s security at stake.

Hajji Muyanja Mbabaali was the first to cast his vote at Ngondati Plyaground polling station, Bukoto South in Lwengo district

Hajji Muyanja Mbabaali was the first to cast his vote at Ngondati Playground polling station, Bukoto South in Lwengo district

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