Justice Courtney Abel has allowed three of the original five applicants in last week’s filing of the challenge to the decision of Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamai to recommend the rejection of 337 signatures from the original 2,002 presented to the Governor General last November.
Lead applicant Orlando Habet and two voters from the division were given the green light following arguments in the Supreme Court this morning.
The fourth and fifth applicants, two workers in the organization and execution of the petition, were excluded by the judge despite their sufficient interest in the case so as to manage the case better.
Their affidavit evidence is still acceptable, but it leaves Habet as the sole representative of the 337 rejected signatories.
The threshold to force recall is 65% According to attorney Lisa Shoman, it will not be necessary to call in a handwriting expert to determine the validity of each signature as their argument is that the Chief Elections officer had no authority to refuse any of them. The case will be heard from the 2nd to the 4th of July before Justice Abel.
Anthony Sylvestre appears along with Senior Counsel Shoman while Deputy Solicitor General Nigel Hawke appeared for the respondents.