EBC: Court matter no hindrance for candidate
Crime Watch host Ian Alleyne is qualified to contest the St Joseph by-election.
Alleyne is currently before the courts on a charge of resisting arrest. He has also been convicted, having pleading guilty to three offences under Section 32 (2), which makes it an offence to reveal the identity of a rape victim during a broadcast.
Chief Elections Officer, Ramesh Nanan, quoted Section 48 of the Constitution which deals with disqualification for candidacy in an election. The Section states that a person who is serving a sentence of imprisonment of more than 12 months is disqualified. It also states that someone is disqualified by reason of having been convicted of any elected related offence.
Nanan said the statutory declaration mirrors the prohibition outlined in the Constitution. The Statutory declaration which has to be signed by all candidates states as follows: “I am not serving a sentence of imprisonment exceeding 12 months imposed on me by a court in any part of the Commonwealth or substituted by competent authority for some other sentence imposed on me by such court nor am I under such a sentence of imprisonment, the execution of which has been suspended.”