Uganda shuts down communication apps ahead of tomorrow’s polls

President Yoweri Museveni will be seeking a sixth term in Thursday's election

Authorities in Uganda have blocked access to social media and messaging apps as the country heads to the polls tomorrow. Reports say the communications regulator had sent correspondence to all telecommunication firms ordering the immediate shutdown.

This development comes a day after Facebook shut fake accounts allegedly linked to the government.

The Uganda Communications Commission has not responded to media queries about the shutdown, but internet monitoring group, NetBlocks, says it has noted restrictions on all major internet providers in the country. The run-up to the election has been marred by tension and violence.

Seventy-six-year-old President, Yoweri Museveni, is seeking a sixth term in office after 35 years in power and is being challenged by ten other contestants.Most notably among them is 38-year-old pop star turned politician, Robert Kyagulanyi, known by his stage name Bobi Wine.

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