Local Council polls pushed to next year

Justice Stephen Musota of the High Court in Kampala has pushed elections for local council to next year.

James Tweheyo, a concerned citizen last month petitioned court to have the elections halted citing students to stood to lose out on participating in the polls since they were still studying.

However, Justice Musota on Monday issued another interim order staying the polls up to January,31,2018 after parties including government, Electoral Commission and the petitioner (Tweheyo) told court that they are in advanced stages of settling the matter out of court and needed more time for mediation.

Uganda last held local council one and two elections 15 years ago and the same had been slated to be held last month but were halted by court.

James Tweheyo, a concerned teacher filed an application against the Electoral Commission and Attorney General challenging the manner in which the polls were to be conducted without considering secondary school students, teachers and examination invigilators who were by then writing and supervising exams.

Tweheyo noted that the non-participation of senior six, senior five and half a million senior four students in these elections would be a violation of their right to vote that is enshrined within the Constitution.

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