High Court Judge Esta Nambayo has on Friday, dismissed with costs, an application in which presidential hopeful and former journalist Joseph Kabuleta was challenging the revised electoral roadmap for 2021 general elections.
In her ruling, Nambayo informed the applicant that he didn’t follow the required legal procedures because he had to first petition Electoral Commission before heading to court.
She informed him that according to the current laws, Kabuleta had to come to High Court in the process of appealing against the decision of the Commission in case he was not satisfied.
The judge also faulted Kabuleta for rushing to court before attending the Electoral Commission’s stakeholder engagement in which they were expected to give more explanations about the roadmap.
In June this year, Justice Simon Byabakama, the chairperson of the Electoral Commission announced a revised road map for the forthcoming elections as per the prevailing Covid-19 situation.
In this road map, rallies were banned and all candidates are to reach out to their electorates via Radios, Television and the Internet.
On June 19, 2020, Kabuleta, through his lawyers of Walyemera and Company Advocates said that the revised plan had a lot of limitations which are unconstitutional.
He pointed out that these campaigns will prevent many candidates from reaching out to their electorates since not everyone can access them.
“Secondly, it limits candidates’ right to campaign freely with in their constituencies,” Kabuleta argued.
He therefore asked court to declare the new guidelines null and void since they violate article 1(4) of the Ugandan constitution.