Sunday, July 4, 2010

Challenging Hayles

It is being contended that on nomination day Ian Hayles had a valid US passport and was a citizen of the USA. Accordingly he could not have been properly nominated and following the recent established precedents his seat ought to be declared vacant.

The response has been that the court has no jurisdiction over such a matter as the time prescribed for election petition challenges has duly expired. That defence is procedural, however if Hayles had irrevocably renounced his US citizenship and surrendered his US passport before nomination day then such would have been a complete defence.

Court of Appeal Judgment

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