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Lawyer Mabirizi Asks East African Court to Suspend Uganda’s Scientific Elections

Lawyer Hassan Kassim Male Mabirizi has petitioned the East African Court of Justice seeking for orders quashing the recently revised electoral road map.

On issuing the revised Electoral road map last week, the Electoral Commission chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama revealed that all campaigns will be held via radio, television, and various social media platforms.

Mabirizi alleges that in that making, the Uganda Electoral Commission contravened, neglected, flouted, and intend to contravene, neglect, and flout Ugandan laws.

“The Republic of Uganda’s continuance with such an electoral road map and plan is unlawful and infringes on the fundamental and operational principles of The East African Community which include good governance; adherence to the principles of democracy, the rule of law, accountability, transparency and the maintenance  of universally accepted standards of human rights.”

He pointed out that during this period with political meetings banned, transport frozen and majority of economic and social activities criminalized, it will be hard for various political parties in the country to undergo the thorough mandatory process of selecting leaders and candidates to sponsor.

Mabirizi adds that Presidential aspirants cannot easily collect the required 100 signatures from each of the majority districts of Uganda and they can’t build a campaign network to run their campaigns.

“Parliamentary or Local Government aspirants cannot easily obtain the required signatures to support their respective nominations, None-incumbent aspirants cannot easily obtain funds for nomination and campaigns.”

That with extreme restrictions on what to say on electronic media by Parliamentary candidates, the digital campaigns almost banned campaigning by Parliamentary candidates.

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“Majority of Ugandans will not be able to know what is going on in consultations and campaigns hence incapable of making meaningful choices on the election day.

The majority of Ugandans who cannot afford digital machines will be left out in the process of choosing leaders,” Mabirizi argued.

Mabirizi has thus asked the East African Court of Justice to annul the directives and decisions of the revised Electoral Road map on top of awarding him costs for the suit.

He has also asked the court to issue a permanent injunction restraining the Electoral Commission or any agency of government from implementing the contents of this road map.

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