By; Ben Musanje
The Electoral Commission has confirmed to have received an interim order that blocks Women Council elections due to Tuesday and the follow up Local Council I vote slated for next week.
EC Chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama says that following the two court orders from High Court of Kampala and of Jinja, the elections for village women councils and committees as well as for administrative units (LCI and LCII) are halted as earlier scheduled.
The Monday court order followed an application by concerned citizen and also the Secretary General for Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) James Tweheyo challenging the elections in the absence of Advanced Secondary School students who are currently sitting their examinations until December 8.
Tweheyo, through his lawyers led by Caleb Mwesigwa filed the application arguing that the impugned elections, if held would disenfranchise the Constitutional rights of students who are eligible to participate either as voters or as candidates but they were unable to register.
The Electoral Commission (EC) had set November 14 for the election of women village committees and November 21 for the election of Local Council I Committees.
However, High Court Registrar, Ms Sarah Langa on Monday issued an interim order restraining EC and the Attorney General from organizing and or conducting the village council elections.
The express order followed an earlier one issued by a similar court in Jinja in a case of a student, Allan Alibwani against EC challenging the same exercise.
Mwesigwa told Court that there is irreparable injury on part of the students estimated to number about 131,000 and aged 18 to 23 years, whose constitutional right, if violated cannot be compensated by any amount.