High court dismisses an application filed by presidential Aspirant Joseph kabuleeta that was challenging what he terms as “scientific elections and digital campaigns” ordered by the Electoral commission due to the Covid 19 pandemic.
presiding judge Esta Nambayo rules that Kabuleeta together with his co-applicant Emmanuel Kisembo ought to have raised their complaint first with the Electoral commission instead of coming straight to the High court
The judge explains that section 15 of the Electoral Commission Act provides avenues through which such pre-polling complaints can be dealt with and a dissatisfied party petitions the High court as a way of an appeal.
Judge adds that Kabuleeta and Kisembo are challenging non-existent guidelines because the 16th/June 2020 presser by the EC chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama states that “All stakeholders will be engaged to come up with guidelines for the 2021 General elections ” and that at the time of filing this case the guidelines had not yet been issued.
The judge in the result orders Kabuleeta and Kisembo to pay the costs of this failed application to the EC.