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Uganda Election: Violence as Police Officers Attempt To Snatch Ballot Box Filled With Already Ticked Votes

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It has been reported that a policeman  working for @KagutaMuseveni attempted to steal a ballot box filled with ticked ballot papers in a Polling Station, but captured by voters few minutes ago!

Meanwhile, BBC reports that the internet has been cut off in Uganda as voters cast their ballots in a hotly contested election.

A 38-year-old singer is challenging Yoweri Museveni, 76, in one of the world’s youngest countries.

Robert Kyagulanyi, known by his stage name Bobi Wine, says he represents the country’s younger generation, while Mr Museveni says he is standing for stability.

Dozens of people have been killed in the run-up to the election.

Polls were due to close at 16:00 local time (13:00 GMT) but will remain open until everyone in the queue at the time of closing has voted, the BBC’s Patience Atuhaire reports from the capital, Kampala.

Some polling stations did not open for close to two hours and voters in the queue had grown angry and had started shouting at the polling gate officials, our correspondent adds.

She says the cause of the delay was not clear.

Reuters news agency reports that at the six polling stations where their reporters observed delays the ballot papers had not arrived.

Results are not expected before Saturday.

What is the extent of the shutdown?

As well as being unable to get online, there are reports that people are even having trouble sending text messages.

Earlier in the week the authorities ordered the blocking of social media, messaging apps and certain sites for virtual private networks (VPNs) which people use to get around social media blocks.

The Ugandan authorities appear to have ordered internet providers to shut down the whole internet at 19:00 local time (16:00 GMT) on the eve of the election, according to a letter shared by journalist Samira Sawlani .

In the letter, which we have not verified, the Uganda Communications Commission orders internet providers to “implement a temporary suspension of the operation of all your internet gateways and associated access points”.

While it said the order was temporary, the letter did not state when the suspension should end.

The internet access advocacy group Access Now has urged telecoms providers to challenge the order, saying they should be ” enablers of human rights, not gatekeepers “.

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