BY ALFRED PAGEPITU
A female candidate of ward 8 in Western province has been disqualified from contesting.
Mrs Mary Doko from Maravari Village, Ward 8 in South Vella la Vella Island has been confirmed as disqualified by the Returning Officer Gizo, Hopeful Piosasa.
He said she was disqualified because she had not registered her name under the province according to Electoral Act regulations.
Piosasa said to be qualified for an office, candidates must satisfy certain legal requirements, such as citizenship, residency, and voter registration.
“There are three intending candidates from Ward 8 who wish to contest this year election against the current provincial Minister for Planning & Project Coordination and MPA for ward 8 Carlos Kesiana.
“Mary claimed that her name appeared in 2014 registration list, but we couldn’t locate her name so we decided to disqualify her nomination.
“She has not met all the criteria regarding the electoral and provincial act. Therefore she is not qualified to nominate and contest for this year’s election,” said Piosasa.
Meanwhile, Piosasa said the final list for this year’s provincial election intending candidates from ward 1 to 26 will be released on Thursday.
Nomination for this year’s provincial election began on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.