EC Sued over Changing Name of Social Democratic Party

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Four people claiming to be founder members of Social Democratic Party (SDP) have dragged the Electoral Commission (EC) to the High Court in Kampala accusing it of changing their party's name to Party for National Unity without their consent and permission.

Four people claiming to be founder members of Social Democratic Party (SDP) have dragged the Electoral Commission (EC) to the High Court in Kampala accusing it of changing their  party's name to Party for National Unity without their consent and permission.
 
The four Asea Ozuma, Fred Kavuma, Ahmed Sserunjoji and Harriet Namujju jointly sued the EC with their party president Michael Mabikke.
 
The four accusers state in their plaint that Mabikke and others betrayed them when they disregarded the National Council resolution made on 11th/ Sept/2013 at Nsambya Sharing Hall, where members resolved not to form any alliance with any other political party.
 
The petitioners claim that to their shock, they came to learn on the 4th/Aug/2014, that the Electoral Commission approved the party's change of name to Party for National Unity basing on the move by Mabikke and the party's Secretary General; Mr  Henry Lubowa.
 
This action, the petitioners say, is a reserve of the national delegates conference which was not convened to change the name.
 
Through R.M Ruhinda advocates and solicitors, they now want the high court to order the electoral body to restore the party's old name of Social Democratic Party and strike out the new name of the Party for National Unity.
 
They contend that the EC contravened the constitution and the Political Parties and Organisations Act of 2005 when they sanctioned The acts of Mr Mabikke and his secretary of changing the name without carrying out due diligence. 
 
The case file has been allocated to Justice Stephen Musota though the hearing date has not yet been fixed.