24 Oct 2011

Marshalls election candidates not bound to reside in place they represent - attorney general

6:51 pm on 24 October 2011

Objections to non-resident candidates standing for local government posts in the Marshall Islands November election have been eliminated by a legal opinion from the attorney general.

Last Friday the acting Attorney General Tubosoye Brown declared that local government constitutions requiring candidates to live on the islands they are representing are illegal.

The opinion by Mr Brown came after a series of challenges regarding candidates in next month's election.

Mr Brown says those local government constitutions that require people to reside on the islands to be eligible to run in an election are unconstitutional, unlawful, invalid and void.

He says these provisions infringe on the constitutionally guaranteed right of citizens to participate in the electoral process as voters or candidates for office.