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Youths Rush to High Court to Suspend LC Elections

The forthcoming village elections will be by way of queuing
The forthcoming village elections will be by way of queuing

A Kampala based youth group yesterday dragged the Independent Electoral Commission and the Attorney General to High Court seeking orders to suspend the forthcoming lower Local Council elections on grounds that the suggested mode of conducting them is a threat to fundamental human rights.

The youths led by Norman Tumuhimbise of the infamous Jobless Brotherhood contend that the guidelines issued by the EC  for voters to openly  queue behind their favorite LC  candidate, is a total infringement on their rights  to  secret ballot  voter integrity and fair elections.

They further argue that the process would expose voters to intimidation and manipulation.

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The LC elections slated for late November, will be the first in the country since 2001.

Government, citing lack of sufficient resources decided to conduct the elections by way of queuing.

Shs 15.7 Billion was provided to the Electoral Commission by the Finance Ministry for this exercise.

Through their lawyers of Niwagaba and Mwebeza Advocates, the youths also seek a declaration that the EC and the Attorney General have a duty under the Constitution to observe, respect, promote and uphold human rights and civil liberties; which they would undermine by organizing such LC elections.

The youths therefore asked court to halt the election exercise scheduled for 21st November 2017 until court pronounces itself on this matter.

This case has not been  allocated to a judge for hearing yet.

 

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