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Case Challenging Fees for MP Aspirants Fails to Take Off

On November 4th, Iddi Ouma and Paul Ssembajjwe applied to the Constitutional Court for an interim injunction to stop Electoral Commission and the Attorney General from demanding the nomination fees from parliamentary aspirants.
24 Nov 2015 12:47
A case in which two concerned citizens are challenging the Shillings 3 million nomination fees for parliamentary aspirants has failed to take off before the Constitutional Court due to a mix-up in the hearing date.

On November 4th, Iddi Ouma and Paul Ssembajjwe applied to the Constitutional Court for an interim injunction to stop Electoral Commission and the Attorney General from demanding the nomination fees from parliamentary aspirants.

It came after Parliament amended section one of the Parliamentary Elections Act of 2015 that now requires every parliamentary aspirant to pay to the Electoral Commission a sum of one hundred and fifty currency points, an equivalent of Shillings 3 million before they are nominated.

Initially, the Constitutional Court set November 25th as the date for hearing the application.  However, the hearing was brought forward to this morning but it failed to take off as the Electoral Commission and Attorney General\'s lawyers were no show in the court room. 

This prompted Justice Remmy Kasule who sat as a single judge; to adjourn the matter to another date to be agreed upon by both warring parties through the office of the Court registrar.  Justice Kasule also directed that the matter be consolidated with another file seeking to enforce similar prayers that was filed by Conservative Party (CP).

In his affidavit, Ssembajjwe laments that unless court restrains the EC and its agents from implementing the amended election laws, he is likely to suffer irreparable damage if he is prevented from contesting.

Through his lawyers of M/S Ssemwanga, Muwazi & Co Advocates, Ssembajjwe warns that should court failure to issue a temporary injunction against the EC and it goes ahead to enforce the payment of the nomination fees, his main petition will be rendered useless.

According to the EC\'s road map, nominations for parliamentary candidates are slated for December 2. This means that the application for the interim injunction must be heard not later than Friday this week.

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