Uganda blocks Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp on election day as ballots go missing


Ugandan government has blocked social media platforms to curtail communication on the day the country chooses a new president.

Many social media enthusiasts cannot access Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp platforms.

These are the most important platforms as far as information dissemination is concerned.

If you are lucky to access any, you may find posting anything as hard as milking a stone.

This is happening at a time ballots have not yet reached most polling stations in the country yet voting was supposed to commence at 7am in the morning.

In many parts of Kampala, voters are stranded on polling stations without ballots.

In Kabale, ballots had not yet arrived by 1am in the morning.

Addressing press yesterday, the inspector General of police said he feared social media more than bullets.

While saying social media was the hardest thing to control, it seems government through its regulatory body, Uganda Communications Commission, has finally found a solution—blocking it until voting ends at 4pm.

The blockage comes at a time opposition is accusing the army, police and crime preventers of ballot stuffing.

Government says the blockage will continue for 24 hours to prevent those who would incite the population through social media.

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