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High Court dismisses Waqavonovono's motion
By SHALVEEN CHAND
Friday, August 01, 2014
NATIONAL Federation Party hopeful Makereta Waqavonovono's motion seeking constitutional redress and clarification on the Electoral Decree was dismissed by the High Court in Suva today.
Justice Kamal Kumar in his ruling said the court had no jurisdiction to hear the motion by Ms Waqavonovono and therefore her motion was dismissed.
The court also ordered that Ms Waqavonovono pay $3000 as costs to the defendants
Waqavonovono was represented by NFP president and lawyer Tupou Draunidalo. Draunidalo said her client was not challenging the Electoral Decree or the 2013 Constitution, but to gauge the court's interpretation of the phrase "ordinarily resident" as set out in the Section 23 of the Electoral Decree 2014.
Waqavonovono believes she is eligible to stand as a candidate for NFP in the general election in September but may be disqualified under the particular section which states a person is eligible to be nominated as a candidate for election to parliament only if the person is ordinarily resident in Fiji for at least two years immediately before being nominated.
The decree further stated that a person is deemed to be ordinarily resident in Fiji if that person has been out of Fiji for official Government business or duties or has been holding an official Government position. Waqavovono is believed to have been in Australia in 2013 doing her Masters in Law.