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Uganda Law Reform Commission Launches Updated Electoral Laws

Uganda Law Reform Commission Launches Updated Electoral Laws

In an effort to keep track of election petitions, the Uganda Law Reform Commission has launched Compendium of Electoral Laws.

According to Uganda Law Reform Commission Chairperson Dr. Pamela Kalyegira, the compendium of Electoral of laws comprises of all laws that have a bearing on elections at all levels both principal and subsidiary laws.

“These laws include the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda. The Electoral Commission Act, the Presidential Elections Act, the Parliamentary Election  Act, and the National Women’s  Council Act. The Political Parties and Organisations Act, the National Youth Council Act. The National Council of Older Persons Act, Persons with Disabilities Act and Labor Unions Act,” She said.

Kalyegira also said the objective of the Compendium of Electoral laws is intended to provide easy access to electoral laws by the users. And provide courts, litigants, and their Advocates updated laws on elections. And generally, facilitate and expedite the administration of justice in handling election disputes.

“The commission is certain that with the Compendium of Electoral Laws in place, it will greatly improve administration and dispensation of justice for election petitions. This is mainly because it will improve access to electoral laws, reduce time and cost of undertaking legal research and ensure that election petitions are heard and determined expeditiously,” she explained.

Attorney General’s comments.

Attorney General William Byaruhanga commended the commission for good work. Especially as per its mandate of studying and keeping laws under review.

“Courts are experiencing many cases arising from the just concluded Presidential, parliamentary, local government elections. Indeed the Compendium of Electoral Laws is timely to assist courts, Advocates, and litigants to expeditiously dispose of these cases. I notice that the compendium of Electoral laws has compiled both principal and subsidiary laws governing elections into one single book. No doubt this is Agood innovation. It will ease and expedite reference to the law and research for the users, “Byaruhanga said.

He thanked the commission for translating the 1995 Constitution into the local language. He added saying this will improve access to law and promote good governance and rule of law.

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