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Vaz election petition resumes

Published:Monday | February 4, 2008 | 10:00 AM

The Supreme Court could make a determination in the election petition hearing involving Member of Parliament (MP) for Western Portland, Daryl Vaz today.

Lawyers for the People’s National Party (PNP) candidate in the constituency, Abe Dabdoub are slated to make their submissions in the case during today’s hearing.

Mr. Daboub, who lost the seat in the September 3, 2007 general election, is contending that Mr. Vaz is a US citizen, who has pledged allegiance to a foreign power.

During Thursday’s hearing, Director of State Proceedings, Ms. Nicole Foster Pusey acknowledged allegiance had to be proved before Vaz could be disqualified as an MP.

Ms. Foster Pusey was making submissions on behalf of the Attorney General and the returning officer, Carlton Harris.

In her submission to the court Ms Foster Pusey claimed Mr. Vaz’s extensive use of his US passport showed active pursuit, use and enjoyment of the benefits of his US citizenship.

Ms. Foster Pusey said in the event that Mr. Vaz was disqualified from nomination, the court would then have to make a determination regarding the result of the election in the Western Portland constituency.