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E.C Asks Court to Dismiss Petition on Prisoners’ Voting Rights

The Electoral Commission (E.C) has asked High Court Deputy Registrar Sarah Langa to dismiss an application filed by city advocate Steven Kalaliin which he seeks a temporary injunction about the ongoing Voter’s Register update.

In his application filed on 11th December 2019, Kalali asked court to order the Electoral Commission to stop eliminating adult prisoners and Ugandans abroad from engaging in the Voter’s Register update until the main suit in which he challenges the same is fully dispos, ed of in March next year.

During the hearing of this application on Tuesday Hamid Lugolobi an advocate representing the Commission asked court to dismiss the application because the applicant didn’t follow the set up legal procedure like informing them formally of his discontent, before rushing to court as provided for in Electoral Commission Act

He added that Kalali skipped steps by rushing to High Court which has only appellant jurisdiction on such matters.

The Registrar has set tomorrow Thursday to deliver her ruling on the matter.

In the main suit before High Court judge Lydia Mugambe, Kalali says that ever since the inception of the 1995 Constitution, the Government of Uganda through the Electoral Commission has been organizing general elections 5 times now, but Ugandans and those in the diaspora have not been given a chance to participate which is a violation of their fundamental rights.

He gave an example of East African countries like Kenya, Rwanda and others which allow their citizens in the diaspora to participate in elections.

In a press briefing held yesterday the Electoral Commission chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama extended the ongoing Voter’s update exercise which was ending today the 11th December to 16th December after experiencing massive turn up of people participating  in this exercise.

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