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Alteration of Dates for Issue of Writs Irks Opposition Leader

Opposition leader, Don Polye, says the changes to election dates proposed by the Electoral Commission, is wrong.

Polye, says this would be an injustice to intending candidates and the ordinary public.

The Opposition leader ,said the National Executive Council should not interfere with necessary recommendation for proposed legislation when parliament resumes this year.

The Opposition leader said past general elections have not seen this trend, and this move questions the credibility of the Electoral Commission as an independent body. He called on the Electoral Commission to play its role and not to be dictated to by any other office.

Polye expressed his concern after Electoral Commissioner, Patilius Gamato made changes to dates for the issuing of writs from 20th April to 20th May. This means the tentative dates for the return of writs on 24th July will also be affected.

The alteration of dates will now see intending candidates campaign for 1 month, and not two, as done in previous general elections in the country.

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