Ugandans voted Saturday for the first time since 1980, launching a complicated three-week process that will lead to the eventual filling of 149 seats in a 278-seat Parliament, official Radio Uganda reported.

The radio, monitored in Nairobi, also said Minister for Constitutional Affairs Sam Njuma received the U.S. ambassador in his office and sought to allay his concerns about the electoral process.Voters Saturday elected nine-member local resistance councils in each of the nation's villages in the first step of the process introduced by the government of President Yoweri Museveni, whose National Resistance Army troops captured Kampala in January 1986.