Uganda Polling Marred By Delays
Voting has officially begun in Uganda's presidential and parliamentary elections, but voters are facing long lines and delayed openings at some polling stations Thursday because of late ballot deliveries.
VOA's Jill Craig reports from Kampala that many polling stations were still closed two hours after voting was scheduled to start. She said there were long lines outside some Kampala polling stations, and people who had gotten there before 7 a.m. were restless and frustrated as they waited in the heat.
Paul Bukenya, spokesman for the Electoral Commission, told VOA that all election materials have now been distributed.
President Yoweri Museveni, in power for the past 30 years, faces a challenge from seven opponents, most prominently opposition leader Kizza Besigye, who has lost to him three times in the past.
White House: Obama To Visit Cuba Next Month
White House officials say President Barack Obama will visit Cuba next month, a major, symbolic step in the warming of ties between the two Cold War enemies.
The Obama administration will formally announce the trip Thursday, according to a senior administration official, who said the visit will be a part of the president's travels to Latin America.
CNN reported the visit is planned for March 21-22, before the president flies to Argentina.
The trip had long been expected as part of Obama's effort to make as much progress as possible in improving ties with Cuba before he leaves office in January, 2017.
Late last year Obama said he would like to visit Cuba by the end of 2016, but only if the Communist-led country makes enough human rights reforms and he can meet with political dissidents.
Cuban officials have not commented on the reported Obama visit. After the president's comments in December, Havana said they welcome Obama, but warned him against meddling in the country's internal affairs.