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Friday, 30 June, 2000, 17:15 GMT 18:15 UK
First results favour no-party Ugandan politics

Early results from the Ugandan referendum on whether to return to multi-party democracy have shown a clear majority in favour of retaining the country's current no-party system.

The first results to be released -- from around ten percent of polling stations -- show about eighty percent of voters supporting the existing system , which has been in place for the fourteen years since President Yoweri Museveni came to power.

This allows all citizens in theory to compete for office as members of the no-party movement.

The BBC correspondent in Kampala says it will be hard to interpret the final results, because some opponents of the no-party formula urged a boycott of the referendum, while others urged a vote for a multi-party system.

The figures released so far indicate a low turn-out. Critics of the no-party formula say it is little better than a one-party state, but supporters fear that the re-establishment of multi-party politics could lead to a resurgence of religious and tribal animosities.

Final results from the referendum are expected on Saturday.

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