The chief Justice, Alfonse Chigamony Owiny Dolo has ordered journalists intending to cover the presidential election petition to get accreditation from the judiciary.
Dolo said that a registration desk has been designated at the judiciary’s Chief Registrar to handle the accreditation exercise.
“Upon accreditation, journalists shall report to the judiciary principal communications officer for guidance on how to cover the proceedings in a manner which is not prejudicial to the trial process,” Dollo says.
On the coverage of other election petitions, the CJ noted that journalists involved in covering the proceedings of other election petitions shall get guidance from the registrars and Chief Magistrates for the respective courts.
According to Dolo, the guidelines are being done to ensure adherence to COVID-19 Standards Operating Procedures (SOPs) as set by the Ministry of Health.
The guidelines come at a time when National Unity Platform presidential candidate, Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert is plans to petition court challenging President Museveni’s victory in the recently concluded polls.
On Saturday, court dismissed a petition by NUP lawyers challenging President Museveni’s victory on grounds that it was a working day. They were advised advised to return to court today, Monday to file their petition.
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