Shettima: Qualification and Disqualification of Candidates Considered a Pre-Election Matter by Tribunal
Shettima: Qualification and Disqualification of Candidates Considered a Pre-Election Matter by Tribunal

In a significant ruling, the five-member panel of the Presidential Petition Election Tribunal, led by Justice Haruna Tsammani, declared the Allied Peoples Movement’s (APM) petition questioning the qualification of Vice President Kashim Shettima as a pre-election matter.

Justice Tsammani, while delivering the verdict, emphasized that the issue of qualification or disqualification is inherently constitutional and, as such, falls under the category of pre-election matters. He further clarified that such matters should be addressed and resolved before the actual conduct of the presidential election.
He stated, “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 statutorily barred because it is a pre-election matter.”

Prior to this declaration, Justice Tsammani had announced that the tribunal would deliver its judgment on the APM’s petition first, indicating that judgments would be delivered separately for each of the petitions under consideration.

The APM’s petition had centered on the qualification of Vice President Kashim Shettima and other related matters.

This ruling underscores the legal principle that certain issues, such as the qualification or disqualification of candidates, are considered pre-election matters and should be addressed before the election takes place, aligning with established constitutional and legal practices.

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