Court Blocks lc1 and Women league elections

BY APN Reporter

High Court has blocked next week’s Women Council election and Lower local council elections. The court order today followed an application by concerned citizen, James Tweheyo, challenging the elections in the absence of Advanced Secondary School students, who are currently sitting their examinations until 8th December.

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

The Electoral Commission (EC) had set 14th November for the election of women village committees and November 21st for the election of Local Council I Committees.

However, High Court Registrar, Sarah Langa issued an interim order restraining EC and the Attorney General from organizing and or conducting the village council elections. Mwesigwa told Court that there is irreparable injury on part of the students estimated to number about 131,000 and aged 18 to 23 years, whose constitutional right, if violated cannot be compensated by any amount.

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