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2021 Elections: Court Orders Gov’t To File Defense On 1m Youth Who Have Turned 18 Since Dec 2019

The High Court Civil Division has given Government two weeks to defend itself on over one million Ugandans who have just turned 18 years ever since closure of the National Voters Register in December 2019 and are going to be disenfranchised in the forthcoming elections by not exercising their right to vote.

Justice Musa Ssekaana is presiding over this case where concerned Lawyers from a Network of Public Interest Lawyers led by Nagami Gloria Linda petitioned the court seeking declarations that the act of EC leaving them out of the register is intended to defranchise them.

They also want Court to direct the Electoral Commission to close the voter registration six months to the elections to enable all eligible voters register for the subsequent elections.

The case was coming up today for hearing but State Attorney Mark Muwonge indicated to court that the Attorney General had been served late and was not able to file a response which prompted  Justice Ssekaana to give him up to 14th September 2020 to file the defense.

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