Justice Steven Kavuma.

Ten judges will hear more than 140 election petition appeals within the stipulated period of six months.

Addressing the media, Deputy Chief Justice and head of the Court of Appeal Steven Kavuma, said the judiciary had acquired the necessary logistics to execute the task in the stipulated constitutional time.

The appeals, the biggest in Uganda’s electoral system since the return to multiparty politics in 2006, were lodged in the appellate court by litigants who lost earlier petitions in the High Court.

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Prominent among the cases to be heard are those against Bukoto South MP Peter Sematimba and Lubaga South MP Kato Lubwama.

Both Sematimba and Lubwama and over a hundred others facing appeals are said to lack the requisite academic qualifications for MP, while a few cases involve respondents who indulged in electoral malpractices.

Under a new system the Court of Appeal is the highest judicial organ charged with hearing parliamentary elections petitions.