Ugandan voters back multi-party return in referendum

[JURIST] Ugandans voters overwhelmingly endorsed democratic reform in a Thursday referendum on whether to restore multi-party politics [JURIST report] after a nearly 20 year absence. The final results were still being calculated Friday, but early returns from 15 percent of polling stations showed more than 90 percent of voters had backed a return to multiple parties. Though a high percentage of voters supported the changes endorsed by President Yoweri Museveni [Wikipedia profile], only about 28 percent of registered voters cast ballots. The low turnout was likely due in part to heavy rain and opposition groups boycotting the referendum as a waste of money, demanding reforms without a vote. Reuters has more.

 

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