The Supreme Court has set Thursday February 11th, 2021 as the date for the pre-hearing session for the election petition filed by the National Unity Platform (NUP) challenging the January 2021 presidential election results.
According to Ssali Nalukwago, the Supreme Court Registrar, both the petitioners and the respondents’ legal teams will meet with a panel of nine justices for briefing before the case hearing date is set.
“We shall have a pre-hearing before the nine charges justices led by the Chief Justice on February 11th, 2021 to iron out a number of issues.”Harriet Nalukwago, Supreme Court Registrar
She added that in that pre-hearing, they will be given timelines within which to give their written submission and by the time the hearing starts the submissions shall be with the justices.
A panel of nine justices of the Supreme Court led by the Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny-Dollo will hear the petition although even more justices will be present at the pre-hearing.
The National Unity Platform filed the election petition on February 1st, 2021 challenging the presidential election results in which President Museveni won a record sixth (6) term in office.
The NUP claim that the elections were marred with violence, voter intimidation, ballot stuffing among other irregularities and plan to overwhelm the courts with more than enough evidence to nullify the results and bar Museveni from participating in future elections.
“We want nullification of the election. We do not want (Museveni) participating in any future election,”Medard Lubega Segona, NUP Lawyer.