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40 NKILONGO RESIDENTS UNHAPPY WITH PRESIDING OFFICER

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MBABANE – The 40 disgruntled voters of Mndobandoba, under Nkilongo Constituency, who were dissatisfied with the manner the presiding officer conducted the nominations, have taken Chief Gija to court.


Chief Gija is the chairman of the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC).
Sithembiso Gamedze of Mndobandoba said the residents decided to take the chairman to court after he allegedly did not respond to the complaint they lodged after the nominations on July 29, 2018.


They want the court to compel the EBC to conduct fresh nominations under Mndobandoba Phafeni Royal Kraal on all categories.
Pending determination of their application at the High Court, the voters want the court to order Chief Gija to stay the elections under Nkilongo Constituency.


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Other respondents in the matter are Muzi Gwebu of Lubulini, who won as the Member of Parliament in the primary elections.
Sandziso Mamba and Jabulani Mbhamali were elected for Indvuna Yenkhundla and Bucopho respectively.


The residents alleged that the presiding officer whom they identified as W. Shongwe limited them to a few nominees yet they wanted to nominate more candidates.


The veracity of these allegations is yet to be tested in court. The residents are represented by Khumbulani Msibi of Dlamini Kunene Associated.
The respondents are still to file their responding papers.


Gamedze alleged that Shongwe allowed seven nominees in the category of Bucopho and four for Indvuna Yenkhundla. He allegedly allowed 13 nominations for Member of Parliament.


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Gamedze informed the court that they had been advised that according to Section 31 (2) of the Elections Act of 2013, the maximum number allowed for nominees is 20 “yet the presiding officer stopped the same at nominee number four.”

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