THE Attorney General, Francis Ayume, yesterday asked the Constitutional Court to dismiss as time barred the constitutional petition by UPC stalwarts and other political heavyweights that challenges the Political Parties and Organisations Act.
Ayume said the petitioners breached the law of limitation when they filed their petition in court after 30 days.
â€œThe law requires anyone who lodges the petition to do so within 30 days from the time of enactment of the law,â€ he said.
The petition alleges among other things that amendment of certain sections of the Constitution regarding political parties and organisations, are unconstitutional as the Act tends to usher in the Movement as a one party state and that the procedures followed were not proper.
Ayume appeared in court with the acting head of Civil Litigation, Deus Byamugisha and commissioners for civil litigation, Cheborion Barishaki and Monica Kakooza.
Ayume said since the petitioners did not seek permission to increase the time frame within which they could file their petition, it should not be entertained and should be dismissed as incompetent.
He said the Act of Parliament became law when the President assented to it on June 2, 2002. â€œIt is stated that an act of Parliament will become law on the signature of the President. So, the petitioners should have lodged their petition within 30 days from that date,â€ Ayume said.
Justices Galdino Okello (chairman), S. G. Engwau, Alice Mpagi-Bahigeine, Amos Twinomujuni and Christine B.N.Kitumba, presided over the court.
Dismiss POB Petition â€“ AG