A statement regarding the ruling of Uganda’s Supreme Court on the February 18 elections

The U.S. Embassy notes today’s Supreme Court ruling affirming the results of Uganda’s February 18 presidential vote that saw President Yoweri Museveni re-elected to his fifth term. We encourage all Ugandans to respect the Court’s decision, and express their views in a peaceful manner.

We note that the Court acknowledged some instances of non-compliance by Election Commission officials and interference by security authorities. We look forward to reading the Court’s full decision when it is released.

We hope that the government will now address the grievances voiced by its own people in the wake of these elections and take the necessary steps to enact reforms that will guarantee political inclusivity, transparency, accountability and free and fair elections. Uganda’s future prosperity and democratic progress will depend on such actions.