Strike out bid: High Court has no legal right to rule on pre-election matters
10 May, 2018, 11:06 am
THE High Court in Fiji has no legal right to make rulings on pre-election matters, it heard yesterday.
Solicitor-General Sharvada Sharma made the statement in his legal submissions during Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry’s court case challenging his disqualification as a candidate for the 2018 General Election.
The Attorney-General’s Office has applied to strike out Mr Chaudhry’s legal action.
The matter was called before High Court judge Justice Kamal Kumar in Suva yesterday.
Mr Sharma said the Constitution only allowed the High Court through the Court of Disputed Returns to handle election matters after general elections were held.
Mr Sharma said the Constitution gave the Supervisor of Elections and the Electoral Commission the mandate to handle pre-election matters, while the Court of Disputed Returns would handle post-election matters.
More on this story in today’s edition of The Fiji Times and in our E-Edition.