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Court rules against AC candidates’ disqualification

By Samuel Oyadongha

Yenagoa —A Yenagoa High Court has declared as unconstitutional, the decision of Bayelsa State Independent Electoral Commission, BSIEC, to disqualify four candidates of Action Congress, AC, from the April 3 council poll in the state.
The presiding judge, Justice Moore Adumein, said the action of BSIEC should be considered null and void and the names of the AC candidates returned as persons cleared by their party for the election.

BSIEC had on January 4, in a letter signed by its Chairman, Akpoabode Yingomone, declared that four candidates of Action Congress had been rejected by the commission in pursuant to paragraph 2(1) of the 3rd schedule of the state Local Government Law,  2006.

Those rejected by BSIEC, but sought the relief of the court include the chairmanship candidate for Ogbia council, Austin Obi Madumum, candidate for Nembe council area, Marlin-Mannie Harold, the vice chairmanship candidate for Ekeremor local government council, Ebiobowei Idani and a councillorship candidate for ward 1 of Brass LG council, Ngeri Bomo.


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