Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (pictured) has been returned to power in an election labelled flawed by international observers, while the only pro-gay presidential candidate in the race came in second.

In the lead-up to the election, Inter-Party Cooperation coalition leader Kizza Besigye told journalists that homosexuality was “something that is done in the privacy of people’s rooms between consenting adults,” and that police resources “could be better spent elsewhere”.

There were widespread reports of ballot stuffing, while many opposition candidates found the wrong symbols used by illiterate voters to identify candidates had been printed next to their names, or they were not on the voter registry where they went to vote.

Courts have prevented recounts in a number of seats.

Museveni, who has been in power in Uganda for more than 25 years, received 68 percent of the vote while Bisegye took only 26 percent.

“An election conducted in this environment cannot reflect the will of the people,” Bisegye told a press conference.

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