museveni.jpgUganda’s Yoweri Museveni has been declared the winner of presidential elections after gunning 68% of the vote in Friday’s poll, the Electoral Commission announced.

Museveni’s rival Kizza Besigye had a disappointing third election bid that saw him taking 26% of the vote.

Reports say Mr Besigye alleges election fraud and has rejected the results, saying the governing party has been accused of using state resources to bribe voters.

Despite all the allegations, the presidential race was largely peaceful and conducted in a conducive environment that accommodated dissent.

The European Union, which had observers during the elections, expressed satisfaction at the way the elections were conducted, saying there were no significant cases of violence.

A victory for President Museveni, who has been in power for 25 years, does not come as a great surprise as the governing party has spent a huge amount of money on the campaign trail.

Mr Museveni has defeated his challengers every five years since 1996, though his support was steadily declining before this election.

Mr Besigye and Mr Museveni were allies in the guerrilla war which brought the latter to power in 1986, but they later fell out.