Uganda closes the internet hours before the elections

The Ugandan government on Wednesday ordered service providers to block Internet access hours before the start of the elections. The order placed through his communications agency means Ugandans will vote on Thursday without the internet. This came after the government ordered telecom operators across the country to shut down social media and other intelligence services ahead of the presidential election. Ugandans then began using virtual private networks (VPNs) to bypass the blockade. However, an industry insider who spoke on condition of anonymity said the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) had also provided a list of more than 100 VPNs that ISPs are supposed to be blocking. 11 candidates are fighting for Uganda’s first seat in this year’s poll. President Yoweri Museveni (76) faces tough competition from pop star and politician Bobi Wine (38). The election also follows a period of bloody election campaigns, combined with government crackdown on opposition candidates.