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Itula fails to derail elections

Itula fails to derail elections

Niël Terblanché

INDEPENDENT presidential candidate, Dr. Panduleni Itula’s attempt to have the Presidential and National Assembly elections, which is set to start in a few hours, failed dismally after a panel of three high court judges ruled that his application lacked urgency

 

Deputy Judge President Hosea Angula and Judges Thomas Masuku and Herman Oosthuizen ruled that the applicant failed to make a strong enough case in the prayers brought before the court.

 

Pictured: Dr. Panduleni Itula. Photo: Contributed

 

Nixon Marcus, who acted on behalf of the Electoral Commission of Namibia argued in court that Dr. Itula’s application is nothing but an abuse of process and he labelled the attempt to postpone the elections and alternatively to force the ECN to use Electronic Voting Machines with a verifiable paper trial, as frivolous and vexatious.

 

Marcus argued that the applicant disrespected the court by bringing an application without any foundation at the 11th hour.

 

The panel of High Court Justices ordered that the matter be struck off the roll because it lacks urgency. They indicated that an order pertaining to the cost of the matter will be made on Friday morning.

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