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Uganda: Uganda Elections 2011 on Twitter

This post is part of our special coverage Uganda: Walk to Work Protests.

Ugandans will go to the polls tomorrow for presidential and parliamentary elections. The main candidates for the presidential race are President Yoweri Museveni, Dr. Kizza Besigye and Norbert Mao.

Twitter users are busy talking about the elections using the #ugandavotes hashtag.

RedPepperUG tweets:

NEWS: Police deny sending out messages advising people in Kampala to stockpile foodstuffs during election period #Ugandavotes

The future is uncertain:

I can feel the heart beats of Ugandans as we head for uncertainty. No one knows the future of Uganda, after tomorrow. #ugandavotes

No one knows what will happen this weekend:

Everyone we ask about what ia going to happen this weekend says the same thing: I have no idea?! #ugandavotes

People are withdrawing money fearing chaos:

@easyTyzee sadly stuck >bank..pple withdrawing.. scared of chaos, then cowards like @MrKaraIII had to go to village. #ugandavotes

Most people are leaving Kampala:

Just driven thru Kampala from Namanve to Wandegeya, seems like half of Kampalans are out of town #Ugandavotes


The capital city is empty
:

It seems the exodus has begun. This town is wonderfully empty. #ugandavotes

If people are leaving Kampala, then who will vote there?:

Okay let us say it is true people are indeed fleeing kampala. Does that mean that voter turnout in kamapala will be low? #Ugandavotes


Are people really running away from Kampala?
:

The whole idea that people are “escaping kampala” is misleading. We forgotten that many people registered to vote upcountry? #Ugandavotes


Wars and rumors of wars
:

There will be war and rumors of war. #ugandavotes. Industrial Area strike: not election related. Gumisiriza accident: not election related.

Elections come with new bus fares:

Bus fares go up as Ugandans return home to vote. e.g. to Mbarara increased from 30k to 50k, to masindi from 12k-30k #ugandavotes

Send SMS reports to UgandaWatch:

DEMGroup: “People are free to send their messages to 6090, they will not be followed up by anyone other than UgandaWatch.” #ugandavotes


UgandaWatch uses
Ushahidi:

#Ugandan election watch using @Ushahidi crowd sourcing technology ugandawatch2011.org #Uganda #UgandaVotes #Africa #Uganda2011

“Votes market” exists:

Most expensive #election ever. voter bribery key #Uganda election. At dusk votes market will be well workin #Ugandavotes @vote4Africa.

You never know what Uganda will do next:

Uganda is like that guy who's high for the very first time…YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT HE'S GOING TO DO NEXT!#ugandavotes

Two people die from election-related violence:

.@UgInsomniac info we have is that 2 people died in clashes b/w Gumi + Kyooma supporters, situation still v tense #ugandavotes


Another incident
:

Uganda MP just shot an opposition candidates supporter #ugandavotes

Follow @rbaguma:

Follow Raymond Baguma (@rbaguma). He will have updates from Kiruhura where the president will be casting his vote.

Museveni's ringtone:

Speaking of Elections. I just heard that Museveni's ringtone when Besigye calls him is NO LOVE by Eminem. #Ugandavotes

Government should not block communication:

DEMGroup: “We condemn any plan to block communication, that is not democracy and we condemn it in the strongest terms” #ugandavotes

Uganda is not like Egypt:

M7 [Museveni]: ‘I am the biggest enemy of dictators’. Rejects all comparison with Egypt, Tunisia #ugandavotes

Will Uganda pay the price for ignoring the poor?:

How else do you explain the Egypt situation, 100 times richer than Uganda? they ignored the ‘other citizens’ and paid the price #Ugandavotes

Pray for Uganda:

Pray for my beloved homeland Uganda. I hope all remains peaceful and calm as we exercise our right to democracy tomorrow. #UgandaVotes

This post is part of our special coverage Uganda: Walk to Work Protests.

6 comments

  • […] than “optimism that corruption might not prevail.” Ndesanjo Macha has an excellent roundup of Ugandans on Twitter at GV; my post on the elections is also up: Ugandans go to the polls on Friday for the […]

  • The future of Uganda lies in the hands of her own citizines, they need to go out there & vote wisely without any fear or favour! Our country needs change & that change must come now. God bless Uganda

  • M7 should not take Uganda as his personal property neither should he be misled by the selfish interests of the west to cling to power. Elections have always been rigid and yet he went to the bush because the 1980 elections were fraudent. If he is doing the same and always defending it, what picture is he showing the world? Is he not worse than a dictator?

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