City Lawyer Petitions Principal Judge over Delayed Ruling

City lawyer Steven Kalali has written to the Principal Judge Flavian Zeija about the ruling in a matter which he seeks the Court to compel Electoral Commission to allow prisoners and Ugandans abroad to participate in the forthcoming general elections.

In the letter dated June 16, 2020, Kalali said that pleadings of the matter ended on June 8, 2018, the first ruling date was December 18, 2018, and later adjourned to March 13, 2020, but it was never delivered.

He adds that he made several engagements with court staff who informed him that the matter had been fixed for March 13, 2020.

“That I decided to contact the Registrar to find out why my ruling was not delivered only to be told that it had been adjourned to June 13, 2020 (Monday), well as I took patience and waited for the same,” reads the letter in part.

Kalali asked the Principal Judge to intervene in this matter to avoid further delays since Electoral Commission has already issued a road map for the 2021 General elections.

“That I pray to your office since it has supervisory powers to swing into action to have justice Lydia Mugambe for not delivering my ruling.”

In his main suit before court, Kalali says that it’s unconstitutional for Ugandans living abroad and prisoners who constitute a sizeable number to be denied a chance to participate in the election process within their mother country.

On top of that, he asked court to compel Electoral Commission to allow the above people to participate in the updating of the Voter’s register.

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