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Judgment On Monday

Mikaele Leawere will find out on Monday if he has secured his seat in Parliament or if the Electoral Commission was wrong in awarding him a place following the Attorney-General
04 Jun 2015 10:29
Judgment On Monday

Mikaele Leawere will find out on Monday if he has secured his seat in Parliament or if the Electoral Commission was wrong in awarding him a place following the Attorney-General challenging his appointment by the Commission.

Submissions were placed before the court by the three parties as they try to fight for their client’s favour next week.

Lawyer Bhupendra Patel with defence lawyer Jon Apted offered similar written submissions before High Court judge Justice David Alfred yesterday stating that Leawere undoubtedly wrote a letter to the Electoral Commission.

They argued that the Commission followed the rules while awarding Leawere the seat and that the Constitution does not prohibit a candidate from holding public office. Mr Patel disputed that nothing in the constitution disqualified him from being awarded a place in parliament, but would be disqualified if he had entered parliament and had sworn in without handing in his resignation.

Mr Apted added that though Leawere had resigned for the general elections in 2014, he then resumed work at the Fiji Teachers Association and did so to sustain his family.

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