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Electoral Commission Dragged to Court Over Delayed Hoima Elections

Six concerned citizens and residents of Hoima district have dragged the Electoral Commission and the Attorney General to court for violating the Constitution of Uganda when they failed to organize elections for the Hoima district Woman Member of Parliament to replace the one who crossed to the new district.

The six petitioners are; Ali Baby,  Amlan Tumusiime,  Sunday Godfrey, Dorothy Kamusiime, Salam Bright, Grace Kirokimu,  Kyaboga Kakiiza and Hanifa Tuhaise

According to documents before court, these claim that Parliament in 2015 approved the separation of Hoima into two districts; the old Hoima and Kikuube district.

The latter commenced operations on 1/July/2017

Hon Tophace Kahwa Byagirwa, who was the district woman MP for Hoima opted to represent the new district, thus leaving Hoima without a woman representative.

The petitioners argue that the Electoral Commission since July has failed to organize elections, which it constitutionally ought to have done 60 days after Kahwa resigned.

These want court to declare that this EC’s conduct contravenes Article 78(i)(b) (38)(1) of the Constitution

“Having failed to organize the elections for Hoima Woman MP, EC has denied people a chance to be governed in accordance to the 1995 Constitution and denied them a chance for affirmative action,” the petitioners stressed.

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The High Court Registrar has not yet allocated a judge to hear this matter.

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