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February 25, 2021

Kandiu Appeals

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A national court decision to dismiss an election petition will be challenged at a higher court.


The petition was filed by Michael Kandiu, a candidate in the last election for the National Capital District Provincial Seat.

Justice Stephen Kassman found that the petition had no grounds to go for trial, before dismissing it.


Michael Kandiu petitioned the 2012 election results for NCD provincial seat, naming NCD Governor Powes Parkop as the first respondent.


In his petition, Kandiu made allegations of bribery and illegal practices by the first respondent, and he also made allegations that there were errors and omissions committed by the electoral commission.


The Court handed down the decision last Friday, dismissing the petition on its judgments, that the petition lacked competency.


The petitioner today gave his position saying the decision was not fair on his side therefore he will be filing an application to challenge that decision.


Kandiu also raised concerns on the delay in the court process.


In all the pleadings on the four grounds of the petition, the court rejected the arguments, stating it as either incompetent, or defective.


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