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Engel Statement on Elections in Uganda

ENGEL STATEMENT ON ELECTIONS IN UGANDA

WASHINGTON—Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement regarding the ongoing electoral process in Uganda:

"Since the people of Uganda went to the polls yesterday, I have been deeply concerned by the government's decision to block social media sites and by reports of pre-marked ballots and inflated tallies in some of the voting stations. These are affronts to a free and fair electoral process.  I am likewise dismayed by reports that presidential candidate Kizza Besigye was arrested and that the home of another candidate, former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, was surrounded by security forces. I call upon both incumbent President Yoweri Museveni and the opposition to refrain from violence in order to mitigate tensions during this electoral process."