EC suspends LC elections after court order

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The Uganda electoral commission says Local Council elections will not be held as scheduled following a high court order issued on November 13.

Women Council elections were due Tuesday [November 14] after which Local Council I polls would follow a week after [November 21].

A concerned citizen, James Tweheyo, filed an application in High Court challenging the elections in the absence of Advanced Secondary School students who are currently sitting their examinations.

Through his lawyer Caleb Mwesigwa, Tweheyo contends that if held, the elections would disenfranchise the Constitutional rights of students who are eligible to participate either as voters or as candidates.

High Court Registrar, Sarah Langa, on Monday issued an interim order restraining EC and the Attorney General from organising and or conducting the village council elections until November 15.

A similar order had been issued by court in Jinja in a case of a student, Allan Alibwani, who also sued EC over the same elections.

In a statement, Justice Byabakama Mugenyi, the EC chairperson said village women council and committees polls would not take place as well as the election of administrative units [LCI &LCII] which he suspended.

He said any further steps by the commission will be determined by the results of the court process.