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Court to Decide Next Year On Prisoners’ Right to Vote

High Court Judge Lydia Mugambe is expected on 13th March 2020 to pronounce its self on a petition filed by city advocate Kalali Steven, seeking orders to allow Prisoners and Ugandans living abroad to participate in the ongoing voters updating exercise.

The High Court Registrar announced the dates for the hearing in the chamber summons dated 9th December 2019, served to the petitioner and the respondents who include the Electoral Commission and the Attorney General.

The hearing dates set mean that the Prisoners and Diasporas will miss the 2021 general elections anyway, since they are expected to be held between January and February.

The petitioner Kakali, in the meantime has filed for an interim injunction ordering the Electoral Commission to allow Prisoners and those abroad of mature age to participate in the ongoing registration and voters update until his main case is fully disposed of.

He argued that in case his main petition succeeds and the affected group has not been registered, they will “suffer irreparable damage of not participating in the electoral process.”

Speaking today at a press conference, the Electoral Commission, Chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama announced the extension of the voter’s register update which was closing tomorrow to December 16th basing on the high turn up of people

Byabakama also urged Ugandans living in Diaspora to make good use of the Christmas season to check their eligibility to participate in the 2021 elections

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