Supreme Court to deliver Ruling on Electoral Reforms case next month

Posted: 2019-04-24T11:38:24Z
Supreme Court to deliver Ruling on Electoral Reforms case next month

The Supreme Court will on May, 2nd, 2019 deliver ruling in a case challenging failure by the government to implement Electoral Reforms. The date was reached at after the solicitor General Francis Atoke asked the Supreme Court Judges for more time.

A seven-member panel of the Supreme Court Justices led by Stella Arach Amoko heard on Wednesday that the Attorney General’s office was not ready to proceed with the hearing of the case since the Attorney General William Byaruhanga and his deputy Mwesigwa Rukutana are reportedly away on official duties. 

The other Supreme Court Justices are; Eldard Mwanguhya, Faith Mwondha, Lillian Tibatemwa, Richard Buteera, Jotham Tumwesigye and Augustine Nshimye. 

Atoke asked court to adjourn the matter until May, 2nd, 2019 when the Attorney General will be present. 

The case stems from an application filed by Professors Frederick Ssembebwa, Fredrick W. Jjuko and a civil society organization, Kituo Cha Katiba, who want the Supreme Court to find the Attorney General guilty of contempt of court for failing to implement electoral reforms as directed by the Supreme Court.  

It is to be remembered that a panel of nine Supreme Court justices led by the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe in its judgment on the Amama Mbabazi 2016 presidential election petition, directed the Attorney General to implement ten orders so as to improve electoral democracy in the country.

However, the applicants through their lawyers of Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi, Tusasirwe and Company Advocates and Kirunda Wasige Advocates, say the arms of government which include Parliament and the Executive have failed to enact the proposed reforms.