The Uganda elections begin in a few hours. Most seem to have little hope that there will be a free and fair election; many educated Ugandans haven't even registered, with the cynical view that their votes won't be counted.
In the runup to the election, there have been violent protests, and main opposition leader Kizza Besigye was jailed. Journalists have been silenced, an anti-government website has been shut down, and alarmed donors have begun pulling aid in protest of Museveni's strong-arm tactics. People are leaving the country, to the point that the borders are being closed.
Here's a brief assessment of the situation in the International Herald Tribune.
My Kampala-based friend Kyle left for Nairobi to wait out the election. He holds out hope that the elections might set a precedent for democracy in East Africa, but, he writes, "if the number of dead is between 10-20, I would be surprised."