Uganda opposition leader contests poll results

AP News
Posted: Mar 01, 2011 12:14 PM
Uganda opposition leader contests poll results

Uganda's opposition leader says his party's own count in a recent presidential poll indicates he may have edged out the long-term president.

Kizza Besigye said Tuesday his partial results give him 46.9 percent of last month's vote. Election officials say he lost to President Yoweri Museveni with 26 percent. Official results gave Museveni 68 percent.

Besigye's count gives Museveni 44.9 percent. Besigye says he will complain of vote-rigging to the African Union and International Criminal Court. He previously called for peaceful demonstrations.

Museveni, who has ruled for 25 years, has said he will "catch and eat" Besigye and will jail anyone who attempts protests.

International observers cited irregularities in the elections but Ugandan officials rejected those claims.