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Statement: Court blocks LC, Women Councils elections

Statement from the Electoral after High courts in Kampala and Jinja issued interim orders restraining the electoral body from conducting Local Council and Women Council elections that were scheduled to start tomorrow, Tuesday.

The Electoral Commission, in compliance with two court orders issued by the High court at Kampala, this 13th day of November 2017, and another one issued by the High court at Jinja, this 13th day of November 2017, which are binding on the Electoral Commission, hereby informs the general public that the elections for village Women Councils and Committees and Elections for Administrative Units (LC I & LC II) shall not be held as earlier scheduled.

Accordingly, the elections of village Women Councils and Committees scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday 14th November 2017 shall not take place.

Similarly, the electoral programme for election of Administrative Units (LC I & LC II) is suspended.

Any further steps by the commission on the above electoral activities will be determined by the outcome of the court process, of which the public will be informed.

The commission appeals to political parties and organisations, candidates, agents and supporters, and all other stakeholders in these elections to remain calm as the matters are being handled by the High court.

The Electoral Commission remains determined to execute its mandate to organize and conduct elections in accordance with the law.

Justice Byabakama Mugenyi Simon
chairperson, Electoral Commission