EC To Expedite Resolution Of Electoral Complaints

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In short
The Electoral Commission derives the mandate to hear election related complaints and determine the redress from Article 16 the Constitution, and Section 15 of the Electoral Commission Act.

The Electoral Commission says complaints relating to the electoral process should be channeled to them as soon as they occur, to avoid a delay in handling them.
The Electoral Commission boss, Dr. Badru Kiggundu says the commission will handle these cases fast so that they are not overtaken by other developments.
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According to Kiggundu, the commission has already handled some complaints including blackmail, insults, and physical attacks, among others. 
The commission says that it has also received several other complaints arising from the just concluded local government council nomination exercise.
The Electoral Commission derives the mandate to hear election related complaints and determine the redress from Article 16 the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, and Section 15 of the Electoral Commission Act, Cap 140.
Joseph Biribonwa, the vice chairperson of the commission notes that the complaints will be handled as the electoral process continues. He however calls on candidates in renowned violence prone zones to liaise with the electoral authorities and police to minimize clashes. 
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Recently, Nils Mueller the Democracy and Governance Officer at the United States embassy in Uganda warned that the number of election related violence incidents are on the rise. 
The commission has urged candidates and their supporters who do not feel comfortable having the issues addressed by the commission to go to court to have their issues resolved.


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