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Court dismisses Electoral Commission's case

By SHALVEEN CHAND
Sunday, August 24, 2014

Update: 11:40PM THE High Court in Suva has defined time in the Section 30(5) of the Electoral Decree in regards to objections and dismissed the case by the Electoral Commission against the Supervisor of Elections.

The Electoral Commission took the Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem, to court on Saturday afternoon seeking clarification on the interpretation of the law related to objections and asked the court to make the National Candidates List draw null and void and order a re-draw. Mr Saneems argument was that the Commission had not given any decision at 4pm on Friday August 22, 72 hours or three days after objections had closed. He, therefore, had to proceed to the draw and since it was after the deadline, he could disregard the directive to ensure the electoral process continued and all targets set could be achieved within the time frame.