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Monday, 12 March, 2001, 12:47 GMT
Ugandan election in quotes
Queue at a polling booth
Ugandan voters face a genuine choice for the first time
Ugandan voters and officials air their views on the presidential election - the first time that two serious contenders for the presidency have faced a democratic vote.

[Museveni] has helped women very much. Before we were not allowed to work. Now we can work and make money
Voter Rose Namirimu


What I want is stability and I don't believe Besigye can provide that

Voter 'Stephen'
Museveni has taken us as far as he can, Besigye can take us to the next level
Voter 'Stella'

[Museveni] has a track record - what I want is stability and I don't believe Besigye can provide that.
Voter 'Stephen'

I am broke and it is time for a change.
Voter 'Mujabi'

According to the half dozen polling stations I have toured, the turnout appears very good. People are very anxious to vote.
Derrick Magoola, election monitor in Kampala


I am broke and it is time for a change

Voter 'Mujabi'
Losing is completely hypothetical, it will not happen. We have massive support in the country.
President Museveni

There has been no election-related violence in the past two hours. I am quite hopeful the day will pass off peacefully
Military Intelligence Director Lieutenant-Colonel Nobel Mayombo

The general situation is all right. The most we are receiving are political and electoral complaints, for example, someone who has not received a voter's card or whose name is not on the register
National security task force spokesman Shaban Bantariza

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11 Mar 01 | Africa
Museveni confident ahead of poll
23 Feb 01 | Africa
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