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Judges Want 10-Year Ban for Election Thieves

Three justices of the Court of Appeal want politicians implicated in electoral malpractice blocked from standing for elective office for two election cycles.

Justices Remmy Kasule, Elizabeth Musoke and Catherine Bamugemereire have handled parliamentary election petitions and now seek Parliament’s intervention in ridding politics of impunity.

Last week, the justices handled petitions by MPs William Wilson Nokrach and Hood Katuramu for slots of Persons with Disabilities in Northern and Western Uganda, respectively. It was during this ruling that the proposal to block election thieves was made.

The justices want prohibition clauses included in the electoral laws to block serial election thieves.

Such clauses would reinforce Section 46 of the Anti-Corruption Act 2009 that prevents convicted officials from holding government jobs for a decade.

They want such a clause to block politicians who lose election petitions from contesting in by-elections.

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