The Constitutional Court in Kampala has ruled that Parliament and the Electoral Commission violated the constitution in creating new constituencies

Written by on March 25, 2022

The Constitutional Court in Kampala has ruled that Parliament and the Electoral Commission violated the constitution in creating new constituencies.

The Parliament of Uganda together with the Electoral Commission has since the seventh Parliament in 2001 demarcated new constituencies  and thereby increasing the size of Parliament.

A panel of five Constitutional Court Justices have ruled that Parliament and the Electoral Commission did not follow the constitution in creating constituencies.

The judgment is in reference to constitutional petition 13 of 2019 in which the petitioners sought a declaration that the Electoral Commission failed in its constitutional obligation to review the division of Uganda into constituencies based on results of the 2002 and 2014 population census.

The judges said the Independent Electoral Commission abrogated and violated Articles 51 and 63 of the Constitution and therefore it’s actions were unconstitutional.  They stated that seats in Parliament must be apportioned based on the population spread.


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