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Elections in Uganda

Voting continued for a second day in Uganda amid riots and frustration during the presidential election. Forces briefly detained the main opposition candidate and protesters were beaten and attacked with tear gas and stun grenades. Ugandans waited in line for hours in some places to cast their vote, only to find incomplete ballots or missing election materials. Preliminary results shows longtime incumbent President Yoweri Museveni taking a lead over his main opponent, Kizza Besigye, the leader of the main opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC.)--By Leanne Burden Seidel
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Riot police officers try to close the gate to lock supporters of Kizza Besigye, the leader of the main opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and the main opposition candidateate, inside Besigye’s party headquarters in Kampala, Uganda, Feb. 19. Ugandan police on Feb. 19 stormed Besigye’s party headquarters and arrested him. Police also fired tear gas and arrested some of his supporters who took to the streets. Preliminary result by Electoral Commission shows incumbent President Yoweri Museveni taking a lead over his main opponent. (Dai Kurokawa/EPA)
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Two men are handcuffed together as they are detained by police who raided a building to arrest suspected opposition supporters during a running battle between police and supporters of Kizza Besigye, the leader of the main opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC.) (Dai Kurokawa/EPA)
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People suspected of being involved in protests sit in the back of a vehicle after being arrested by police in Kampala on Feb. 19 during the presidential election vote. (Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images)
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People pour water to wash off tear gas on a woman hit by tear gas fired by police during a running battle between police and opposition supporters near Besigye’s party headquarters in Kampala, Uganda, Feb. 19. (Dai Kurokawa/EPA)
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A man rides a motorcycle past a burning barricade set up by angry supporters of Kizza Besigye in Kampala, Uganda, Feb. 19. (Dai Kurokawa/EPA)
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A man peeps through a hole on his door as police engage in a running battle with supporters of Kizza Besigye in Kampala, Uganda, Feb. 19. Ugandan police on 19 February stormed Besigye’s party headquarters and arrested him. Police also fired tear gas and arrested some of his supporters who took to the streets. (Dai Kurokawa/EPA)
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A police car, carrying opposition leader Kizza Besigye, leaves his party headquarters in Kampala, on Feb. 19, after he was arrested for a third time in a week, as a chaotic election stretched into a second day. (Carl de SouzaAFP/Getty Images)
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A man rides with his family on a motorcycle away from a clash near the office of opposition leader Kizza Besigye in Kampala, Uganda Feb. 19. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)
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A man listens to election results on his FM radio in Uganda’s capital Kampala, Feb.19. Ugandan police shot in the air and fired tear gas at opposition protesters in several parts of southern Kampala on Friday after the presidential election a day earlier. (James Akena/Reuters)
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Supporters of opposition leader Kizza Besigye run in front of burned barricade in Kampala, Uganda, Feb.19. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)
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Policemen detain a supporter of opposition leader Kizza Besigye near his office in Kampala, Uganda Feb. 19. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)
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People wait for the presidential and parliamentary polls to finish to observe the vote counting after 7pm at one of the polling stations where polls did not finish in time due to the late arrival of the voting materials in Kisugu village, Kampala, Uganda, Feb. 18. (Dai Kurokawa/EPA)
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Electoral agents work with a lamp as the poll continues after 7pm at one of the polling stations where polls did not finish in time due to the late arrival of the voting materials in Kisugu village, Kampala, Uganda, Feb. 18. (Dai Kurokawa/EPA)
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Uganda’s incumbent President Yoweri Museveni (C) speaks to the media soon after casting his vote at a polling station during the presidential elections in Kirihura in western Uganda, Feb. 18. (James Akena/Reuters)
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Longtime opposition leader Kizza Besigye casts his vote in the presidential election at Rwakabengo polling station in Rukungiri a small town west of capital Kampala, Feb. 18. (Edward Echwalu/Reuters)
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People are reflected in a window as they queue to cast their votes in presidential and parliamentary elections at a polling station in Kampala, Uganda, Feb. 18. Frustrations grew at many polling stations as voters waited for the arrival of the voting materials hours after the polls opened in the morning. (Dai Kurokawa/EPA)
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A Ugandan policeman struggles to keep hold of a box containing voting material, as excited voters surround him after waiting over 7 hours without being able to vote, at a polling station in Ggaba, on the outskirts of Kampala, in Uganda , Feb. 18. (Ben Curtis/Associated Press)
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Ugandans continue to queue to cast their votes at sunset in the capital Kampala, Uganda, Feb. 18. Amid tardy delivery of voting materials, Ugandans tried to cast ballots in presidential and parliamentary elections, while a top international election observer called the delays “worrying” and the main opposition party said they were deliberate. (Ben Curtis/Associated Press)
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Electoral commission presiding officers count ballot papers in Kampala on Feb. 18, during presidential and parliamentary elections. (Isaac Kasamani/AFP/Getty Images)
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A woman casts her votes in the presidential and parliamentary elections at a polling station in Luzira, Kampala, Uganda, Feb. 18. (Dai Kurokawa/EPA)
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Supporters of Kizza Besigye, the leader of the main opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and the main opposition candidateate, react as they grow frustrated with delayed delivery of voting materials at a polling station in Nabweru, where Ugandan media reported that eight ballot boxes with ticked ballot papers were found, in Kampala, Uganda, Feb. 18. (Dai Kurokawa/EPA)
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Karamojong tribeswoman casts her ballot at a polling station during the presidential elections in Kaabong in Karamoja region, Uganda, Feb. 18. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)
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People from Karamojong tribe wait in line to vote at a polling station during elections in a village near the town of Kaabong in Karamoja region, Uganda Feb. 18. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)
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People cast their vote in presidential and parliamentary polls, on Feb. 18 at the Nasuti polling station in Mukono District. (Isaac Kasamani/AFP/Getty Images)
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Ugandans queue to cast their vote in presidential and parliamentary polls on Feb. 18 in Kampala. (Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images)
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