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New EC suffer heavy blow as voter blocks Women, LC I Village elections

  • Electoral Commission chief Byabakama has to set new date for both sets of elections

High Court has broken the hearts of new Election staff, several contestants in the Women Council and Local Council elections expected for Tuesday and next week by calling them off in a shocking tale of events.

James Tweheyo, a concerned voter challenged the slated elections reasoning that Advanced Secondary School students of voting age where sitting their examinations until December 8.

High Court Registrar Sarah Langa issued the interim order blocking EC and the Attorney General from organizing and or conducting the village council elections.

Langa ruled: “Interim order is hereby issued restraining the respondents from organizing and or conducting village council I and II and women elections pending hearing of the main cause fixed for November 15 this year.”

Through his lawyers led by Mr Caleb Mwesigwa, Tweheyo filed the application arguing that the impugned elections, if held would disenfranchise the Constitutional rights of students who are eligible to particiapate either as voters or as candidates but they were unable to register.

The Electoral Commission chief Simon Byabakama Mugyenyi had set November 14 for the election of women village committees and November 21 for the election of Local Council I Committees.

 

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