By; News room
High Court in Kampala has ordered for the impending lower Local Council elections to be extended to next year.
The court’s Justice Stephen Musota, who heads the civil division, issued the fourth interim order halting the elections until 30th January 2018.
The order followed a request by Counsel Eric Sabiiti, the lawyer representing the Electoral Commission, to provide the Commission and petitioner James Tweheyo more time to reach a settlement on suitable dates on which elections should be held since their negotiations are in advanced stages.
James Tweheyo a concerned citizen, last month petitioned high court seeking orders to halt the LC 1 and 2 elections which were meant to take place on November 21, on grounds that the Electoral Commission had ignored a number of factors which could make some of the eligible voters especially students and teachers to miss out.
Last week The Electoral Commission disclosed to have utilized 9.64BnShs out of a total of 15.6BnShs allocated for the organization of local Council and women committee elections and the balance of 6.26 Billion Shillings has also been earmarked to settled arrears for the staff who handled the exercise across the country according to The EC Secretary Sam Rwakoojo.