Uganda Cleans Up Voter Register Before Elections, Monitor Says

Uganda’s electoral commission cleaned up its voters’ register, removing 20,000 names it said shouldn’t have been on the roll, a week before the East African nation holds presidential and parliamentary polls, the Kampala-based Daily Monitor reported.

The newspaper, based in the capital, Kampala, cited the body’s spokesman, Jotham Taremwa, on the changes. Uganda has at least 15.3 million people eligible to vote in the Feb. 18 elections, it said.

President Yoweri Museveni, 71, is one of eight contenders for the top job as he seeks to extend his three-decade rule by another five years.

Opposition groups accuse the commission of being biased in favor of the ruling party, an allegation its chairman, Badru Kiggundu, denies.

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