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EC petitions Supreme court over dismissed MPs

EC boss Simon Byabakama Mugenyi

EC boss Simon Byabakama Mugenyi

The Electoral Commission has filed an application in the Supreme court seeking to stay the execution of the recent Constitutional court ruling which dismissed the election of six MPs in the newly created municipalities.

Last year's judgement affected Apac Municipality MP Patrick Ocan, Sheema Municipality MP Dr Elioda Tumwesigye, Ibanda Municipality MP Tarsis Rwaburindore Bishanga, Nebbi Municipality MP Hashim Sulaiman, Kotido Municipality MP Abrahams Lokii and Asuman Basalirwa for Bugiri Municipality.  

The judges noted that the affected MPs contested for non-existing positions because their constituencies’ villages or cells and other administrative units had not yet been demarcated by the Electoral Commission.

In their application filed on Friday before the Supreme court, the Electoral Commission is seeking to stay the execution of the orders pending the determination of an appeal which has also been lodged before the Supreme court. 

They argue that during the hearing of the interim application, they will base on the grounds stated in the affidavit of one of their lawyers Hamidu Lugoolobi who says that the Constitutional court exercised the jurisdiction vested in it with material irregularity or injustice. 

The commission also contends that the result of the lower court decision impeached or infringed on other elections envisaged under the Constitution. This is because also the Constitutional court among a number of orders it issued, it pronounced that no seats should be created after the general elections have been conducted. 

The applicants further contend that the judges also misapplied the considerations for demarcation of constituencies enshrined in the Constitution and arrived at an erroneous conclusion. Also, they are being faulted for having issued a decision which contravened the constitutional right to fair hearing. 

Comments

+1 #1 WADADA rogers 2020-01-13 11:50
EC should just admit that they made glaring blunders and should apologise to Ugandans for having wasted tax payers money
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+3 #2 Ekelot 2020-01-13 15:15
These are roadside constituencies created more for political expediency in disregard of the laws of the country other than the exclaimed service delivery!

I suspect this is just a case of gerrymandering. These municipalities were already within constituencies duly represented by elected MPs but for some reason. they were created.

Asuman for example "won" the Bugiri elections by getting less than 4000 votes! I wonder if there was a need to parcel this out of the main constituency. AS for the shameless EC, I am just ashamed on their behalf, so sad! what are they pursuing?
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0 #3 karemire 2020-01-13 17:16
Quoting WADADA rogers:
EC should just admit that they made glaring blunders and should apologise to Ugandans for having wasted tax payers money

Of course the EC is gambling that M7 will lean hard on the Supreme Court to reverse that ruling.
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0 #4 Akot 2020-01-13 19:12
Quoting WADADA rogers:
EC should just admit that they made glaring blunders and should apologise to Ugandans for having wasted tax payers money


Thanks!

EC has no authority to handle this matter, only electorate do!

As long as Museveni rules, there is no need for more elections, presidential or parlimentary as this will only legalise Museveni's evil rule!

Do Ugandans need to reelect Museveni who is the only candidate/ruler?

Do Ugandans need mps/parliament & for what?
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0 #5 Akot 2020-01-14 20:49
Ekelot, thanks.

Museveni is master of divide & rule & he did this right from start by restoring tribal leaders, knowing there is no way he will be got rid of as long as Ugandans go along!

By & by, Museveni further inter tribally divided Ugandans!

Isn't it time Ugandans think of their children & grand kids & what land/country they want them to live in as FREE people?

How old was mp Bobi Wine when Museveni came to power & why don't Ugandans take chance with him & NOW?

Dr Besigye left active politics/life due to his age, right?

So, why is that so needed UNITY as ONE people around Bobi Wine to ensure a different future for the next generation, not coming?
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0 #6 rubangakene 2020-01-14 22:33
The election commission is now "toeing the line" in case they fall into that feared trap of being "blacklisted" by America and Europe - travelling and freezing of accounts.

Beware things are moving slowly but surely in the direction of PEOPLE POWER.
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