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Uganda election: Facebook and Whatsapp blocked

Social media has been blocked in Uganda on the day of presidential elections to stop people “telling lies”, President Yoweri Museveni has said.

Mr Museveni, 71, is seeking to extend his 30-year rule, in a race widely seen as the tightest in the East African state’s history.

Voting has been cancelled at one polling station in the capital Kampala after clashes with police.

Seven opposition candidates are running against Mr Museveni.

His main challenger is his former physician, Kizza Besigye who has said he does not think the election will be free and fair.

Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi is also seen as a leading contender for the presidency.

Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp and mobile money services have been blocked.

Despite this, #UgandaDecides is still trending on Twitter.

Many people have found a way around the controversial restrictions, including Mr Mbabazi who tweeted advice on how to do it

Source: BBC

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