Ugandan court starts hearing of presidential age limit appeal

Uganda’s Supreme Court on Tuesday began the hearing of an appeal challenging a controversial bill signed into law for the removal of the presidential age limit of 75 years.

A panel of seven judges led by Chief Justice Bart Katureebe commenced the two-day hearing of the petitioners’ oral submissions seeking to annul the July 27, 2018 Constitutional Court decision to uphold parliament’s removal of presidential age limit.

The Constitutional Court judges in their four to one ruling said that parliament’s removal of 75 years as maximum and 35 years as minimum for one to run for presidency did not contravene the country’s Constitution.

Opposition legislators, Uganda Law Society and independent lawyer Male Mabirizi in September last year filed an appeal seeking to quash the majority ruling of the Constitutional Court. Enditem

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