US ‘deeply troubled’ by reports of violence, irregularities in Uganda poll

The US State Department said Saturday it is “deeply troubled” by reports of violence and irregularities surrounding Uganda’s presidential election, which saw Yoweri Museveni win a sixth term in office.

“The Ugandan people turned out to vote in multiparty national elections on January 14 despite an environment of intimidation and fear,” department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.

“We are deeply troubled by the many credible reports of security force violence during the pre-election period and election irregularities during the polls,” she said.