The judiciary anticipates a rise in the number of petitions from the 2021 general elections, following an increase in constituencies.
Chief Registrar - Sarah Langa Siu
The Judiciary will increase the number of Chief Magistrates to
handle 2021 elections petitions.
The judiciary anticipates a rise in the number of petitions from the 2021
general elections, following an increase in constituencies.
Jameson Karemani, the Judiciary Public Relations Officer says that
the number of Chief Magistrates will be increased from 38 to 45.
He says the Judiciary can only recruit seven more Chief Magistrates to add
to the existing 38 because of lack of enough funds. The recommended number of
Chief Magistrates is supposed to be 82.
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Sarah Langa Siu, the Chief Registrar has also expressed concern about the
inadequate number of Chief Magistrates in Uganda.
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She says that the Chief Magistrates are responsible for carrying out vote
recounts from local council’s elections.
In the case of the 2021 general elections, more positions for district lower
councils have been created, where a high number of vote recounts after the 2021
general elections are anticipated.
Uganda currently has 38 out of 82 Chiefs Magistrates serving in 80 magisterial
areas which are few according to the Judiciary.
Langa says the small number of Chief Magistrates in Uganda will cause a delay
in case clearance, but also increase on the case backlog in magistrates courts
The Chief registrar heads the technical branch consisting of judicial
activities of the organization and also helps the Principal Judge to administer
An increase in the number of Chief Magistrates would require more
funds that were not budgeted for, but the Judiciary will fill up vacancies that
are catered for in the 2020 / 2021 budget.
A Chief Magistrate in Uganda earns shillings eight million shillings per month
but has to receive other operations funds depending on the cases handles and
In the Financial year 2020/ 2021 the Judiciary was allocated
shillings 199 billion.