Uganda Election: Yoweri Museveni Poised For Big Win

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is on course for re-election after 25 years in power as results continue to be announced from Friday's election.

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni addresses the media outside Kyadondo Rugby ground in Kampala, the scene of one of two bomb blasts on Sunday July 12, 2010. Suspected Somali Islamists carried out two bomb attacks in the Ugandan capital that killed 70 people watching the World Cup final at a restaurant and a sports club, authorities said on Monday.

With results declared from more than half the polling stations, he had about 70% of the vote while his nearest rival, Kizza Besigye, was on just 23%.

Dr Besigye earlier threatened to call street protests if he felt the process was not free and fair.

The governing party has been accused of using state resources to bribe voters.

Although the presidential race was largely peaceful, there were several clashes between supporters of rival candidates in the parliamentary elections.

Mr Museveni has vowed to stop any Egyptian-style street protests and lock up any demonstrators.

'Corrupt and repressive'

Dr Besigye told reporters that he would consult with his allies on Sunday to discuss the next move.

"It's already very clear there were widespread malpractices in the electoral process," he told a news conference on Saturday.

"It is now clear the will of the people cannot be expressed through the electoral process in this kind of corrupt and repressive political environment."

He added that his coalition's own poll tally had been disrupted by the government blocking its text message system for collecting results.

The opposition candidate was standing against Mr Museveni for the third time.

Dr Besigye and Mr Museveni were allies in the guerrilla war which brought the latter to power in 1986, but they later fell out.

Mr Museveni has defeated his challengers every five years since 1996, though his support was steadily declining before this election.

In 1996, he received about 75% of the vote, but this fell to 59% in 2006.

The European Union's chief election observer said he was generally happy with what he had witnessed.

"We are glad to observe that no significant violence has taken place and the process is done in a peaceful manner," Edward Scicluna said.