High Court Orders Uganda Law Society to Follow Election Regulations

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High Court Orders Uganda Law Society to Follow Election Regulations
ULS President, Bernard Oundo

The Civil Division of the High Court in Kampala has ordered the Uganda Law Society to stick to their Election Regulations 2016 when selecting representatives on boards, committees or commissions of its different statutory bodies.

This was after one of the members, Steven Kalali dragged the society to court challenging the law society's maintenance of some representatives, which he said contravenes the Uganda Law Society Act and Election Regulations 2016.

In the ruling delivered by Justice Boniface Wamala, Uganda Law Society has for a long time breached the Election Regulations 2016 without necessarily pointing fingers at its current regime led by President Bernard Oundo.

"I have seen a breach of provisions of the ULS Act and Election Regulations. The only order available to the applicant and which I accordingly issue is an order of a permanent injunction restraining the respondent's counsel from any further breach of the act and the Election Regulations regarding the election of the society representatives," ruled Justice Boniface Wamala.

Also, the Court reminds the law society to treat elective positions as elective.

The court also downplayed the society's leadership's justification of the difficult practical selection of representatives on legally elective posts.

On the other hand, the Court has dismissed Counsel Kalali's allegations of violation of his rights of expression in that there is evidence that he has always aired his views by petition and letters and the same have been considered and responded to.

"The facts do not disclose any infringement on the applicant's right to free expression or opinions," read the ruling.

The ULS President, Bernard Oundo Responds:

When we contacted the President of Uganda Law Society he said he respects the ruling, but said the Uganda Law Society would appeal against some of the Court verdicts.

"The matter of representatives on the committee did not begin during our regime and the applicant knows that. But, we shall appeal against the ruling.

The President also concurred with the Court's pronouncement of the Law Society as a cordial organization that respects human rights, contrary to what the applicant alleged.

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