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Court Asked to Dismiss Case against Scientific Elections

The Electoral Commission through its lawyers has asked High Court to dismiss the case filed by Joseph Kabuleta, an aspiring presidential candidate challenging the revised road map for the forthcoming general elections.

In their submissions, the lawyers informed the court that before rushing to court, the applicant never engaged the Commission first as it’s required in the country’s electoral laws.

They pointed out that the Electoral Commission had the capacity to address his issue if he raised it before them.

In her response, Justice Esta Nambayo ordered both parties to exchange formal submissions, after which she will be able to deliver her ruling on August 14, 2020.

In the revised road map, the electoral commission announced that campaigns in the forthcoming elections will be held scientifically.

All campaigns will be via social media platforms as well as televisions and radios as one of the ways of eliminating social gatherings in the prevention of the COVID19 pandemic.

In his petition filed in court early last month, Kabuleta says that the scientific elections are in violation of Article 1(4) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda and infringe on the right to transparent, fair and free elections.

He added that the new election strategies have a lot of limitations that are against the 1995 constitution.

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Kabuleta further asked the court to declare that all guidelines which were announced by the chairperson of Electoral Commission justice Simon Byabakama as unconstitutional since they infringe on people’s right to a transparent free and fair election.

 

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