Election Tribunal upholds Shettima’s qualification

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has struck out the Allied Peoples Movement petitions, APM, against the Vice President, Kashim Shettima.

The Justice Haruna Tsammani-led five-member panel of the Presidential Petition Election Tribunal on Wednesday said the APM petition challenging the qualification Kashim Shettima was a pre-election matter.

Reading his verdict, Tsammani disclosed that the matter ought to have been challenged before the conduct of the presidential election.

“The issue of qualification or disqualification is a constitutional one.
The issue of disqualification or qualification is a pre-election matter.

“It must be determined before the conduct of the election. This court has no jurisdiction to hear the matter and even if it does it is status-barred because it is a pre-election matter”, he said.

Earlier, Tsammani said the tribunal would deliver judgment on the APM’s petition first.

He added that the judgements would be delivered separately on the petitions.

“We will deliver judgements on the petitions separately. The petition number four will be treated first”, he said.

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