This is the first time Uganda is going through a complete blockage of the world wide web during elections. Uganda experienced Social media shutdowns in previous elections. In 2011, authorities instructed Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to temporarily block access to Facebook and Twitter for 24 hours and in 2016, authorities ordered telecommunication companies to block social media access on mobile phones.
The build-up to the election has been punctuated by repeated calls for peace during and after polling by political, security, religious, cultural and civil society leaders. This is after the campaigns which ended on Tuesday have been characterised by acts of violence and brutality by security personnel.
Ndayizeye was flagging off the team of 74 EAC Mission Observers drawn from the East African Legislative Assembly, East African Court of Justice, EAC Secretariat and the Electoral Management bodies, Ministries of EAC Affairs and Human Rights Commissions of the EAC Partner States.
Muhammad Ssegiringya, one of the candidates for the Kawempe North Parliamentary seat is one of the candidates who have almost filled his electoral area with different posters demonstrating how people should vote.