118 MP poll petitions listed for hearing

Sunday May 1 2016



Three months after the conclusion of the February 18 general election, the Judiciary has compiled and listed at least 118 parliamentary election petitions to be heard in 13 different High Court branches across the country.

According to a press statement from the Judiciary on Friday, signed off by senior communications officer Solomon Muyita, 26 High Court judges have been allocated these election petitions.The hearing of these petitions will be held between May and June.

Notable among these election petitions are Stephene Sekigozi Vs Peter Sematimba for the Busiro South seat, Mr Daniel Joseph Ibaale Vs Abdu Katuntu, Energy minister Irene Muloni who lost the Bulambuli District Woman MP seat to Ms Sarah Wekomba, FDC’s Geofrey Ekanya Vs Annet Nyaketcho and Sitenda Sebalu Vs the Electoral Commission.

Hearing of petitions is given priority over other cases and the High Court has three months to dispose them off. Those who will be dissatisfied can appeal to the Court of Appeal.

According to the amended electoral laws, the Court of Appeal is the last court to decide Parliamentary election disputes unlike before when election disputes could go up to the Supreme Court.