Dispose Off Election Cases Expeditiously, Principal Judge Directs

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The Principal Judge, Justice Yorokamu Bamwine says judges should dispose off election related cases this week. Bamwine says these take priority before other cases.

The Principal Judge, Yorokamu Bamwine has directed all judges to quickly hear all election-related petitions that are pending before them.

In his 8th December memo to the all judges, Justice Bamwine who is the administrative head of the High Court, says that he has learnt that there are some pending election petitions before some judges, a scenario he says is not good and unjustified.

"It has now come to my notice that there are some election petitions pending hearing before your Lordships, some after parties securing interim orders from Registrars. Any further delay is unjustified," Bamwine says.

The notice adds that the Judiciary management has decided that the pending petitions be prioritized and any other work set aside for this week, in accordance with the law.

In the recent past, the courts of law especially the High Court have been busy with election petitions following disputes in the party primaries of the ruling party National Resistance Movement (NRM), and a few from Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).

The Principal Judge has also directed judges on annual leave to return immediately and hear these pending election petitions.

In the memo copied to the Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe, Justice Bamwine warns the judges to take the directive seriously.