Polls opened and ended Thursday, paving way for a rather delayed vote counting exercise in Uganda’s hotly contested election as the country climaxes a deadly election that has so far claimed over 50 people in poll-related violence.

National wide, vote tallying at the main centre in Kyambogo, Kampala started after 2am Friday, five hours later than the electoral body had anticipated but with preliminary results from 330 (0.7%) polling stations giving incumbent president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni an early lead.

Museveni, 76, stood highest with 50,097 votes (61.31%) while opposition frontrunner and NUP presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine was trailing with 22, 802 votes (27.9%), according to Electoral Commission’s (EC) provisional results. 153 votes were deemed invalid on the night.

The race remains tight and too early to call but Bobi Wine has hinted on possibility of rejecting results in election that was marred by gross irregularities.

“The results the EC boss Simon Byabakama puts out are his business. We are in this to win,” Bobi Wine told the press in Magere, Wakiso District, shortly after voting.

Parts of Kampala metropolitan, a traditional opposition swing territory, reported cases of delayed voting and technological difficulties in using Biometric Voter Verification Machines. Also, a ballot box was Thursday stolen in Ntungamo.

“EC had over four years to prepare for this election. They say they delivered voting materials to areas over 500km away from Kampala but failed to deliver in their own backyard. There must be a wrong plan,” voter Kenneth Kanaabi, 25, said.

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