Ugandan general election, 1980

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General elections were held in Uganda on 10 and 11 December 1980.[1] They followed the overthrow of Idi Amin the previous year and were the first since the pre-independence elections in 1962. The result was a victory for the Uganda People's Congress of President Milton Obote, which won 75 of the 126 seats. Voter turnout was 85.2%.[2]

The UPC was the only party to contest all 126 seats, and its candidates were returned unopposed in seventeen constituencies. The opposition claimed that the UPC had only won through widespread fraud.


Party Votes % Seats +/–
Democratic Party 1,966,244 47.1 50 +26
Uganda People's Congress 1,963,679 47.1 75 +38
Uganda Patriotic Movement 171,785 4.1 1 New
Conservative Party 70,181 1.6 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 2,419
Total 4,174,328 100 126 +44
Registered voters/turnout 4,898,117 85.2
Source: Nohlen et al.


  1. ^ Uganda Inter-Parliamentary Union
  2. ^ Nohlen, D, Krennerich, M & Thibaut, B (1999) Elections in Africa: A data handbook, p933 ISBN 0-19-829645-2