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Uganda Law Society Files Petition Challenging MP’s For Extending Office Term From 5 To 7 years

Uganda Law Society [ULS] has filed a petition at the Constitutional Court, challenging the constitutionality of the Constitution Amendment Act 2018.

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The law society which is the organisation that brings together Uganda’s lawyers, is challenging the constitutionality of the decision by Members of Parliament to extend their term of office and that of local governments by 2 years, from 5 to 7 years.

“That article 8 of the constitution [amendment] Act 2018 which extends the term of current parliament by 2 years is inconsistent with and in contravention of articles 1, 8A, 77 (4) and 96 of the constitution,” reads the petition.

“That article 10 of the constitution [amendment] Act 2018 to the extent that the term of all current local government councils is extended by two years is inconsistent with and a contravention of articles 1 and 8A of the constitution.”

“That article 8 of the constitution (amendment) act 2018 which by implication will require the electoral commission to organise separate elections for the president and members of parliament due to unconstitutional divergence from uniform five-year presidential and parliamentary terms unconstitutionally infects articles 105 (1) and is inconsistent with and in contravention of articles 1. 8A, and 260 (1) (f) of the constitution.”

The petition challenging the attorney general was received by court on January 15, 2018.

Source: edge

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