Ugandans report internet problems on eve of presidential election

Ugandans report internet problems on eve of presidential election

Ugandans reported difficulties accessing the internet via mobile devices and wireless connections on Wednesday evening, a day before presidential and parliamentary elections.

People pass by a painting on the wall of the Ugandan electoral commission compound in Kampala
People pass by a painting on the wall of the Ugandan electoral commission compound in Kampala, Uganda January 13, 2021. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

KAMPALA: Ugandans reported difficulties accessing the internet via mobile devices and wireless connections on Wednesday evening, a day before presidential and parliamentary elections.

Internet monitor NetBlocks said on Twitter that Uganda was experiencing a nationwide internet blackout that came in at 7 p.m. (1600 GMT).

"Real-time network data show national connectivity falling to 33per cent of ordinary levels as per government order in effect from 7 p.m.," NetBlocks said.

Ibrahim Bbossa, spokesman for the Uganda Communications Commission, did not respond to phones calls and messages requesting comment.

The internet problems come a day after Uganda banned all social media and messaging apps ahead of the vote, which the president said was in retaliation for Facebook taking down some pro-government accounts.

(Reporting by Nairobi newsroom; Editing by David Clarke)

Source: Reuters

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