Educator Arundel Thomas believes Attorney Anthony Astaphan is confused, as it relates to the matter pertaining to Dual Citizenships held by Dominicans seeking to contest elections in Dominica leaders. Thomas says Astaphan held firm to the constitution’s provisions on Parliamentarians and candidates who had Dual Citizenship, while he was advising twin island federation of St Kitts & Nevis. Astaphan was on record, while being interviewed on (zed I zed news) in St Kitts in 2009. Here is Astaphan with more:
Meanwhile Thomas is of the view that Astaphan is now singing a different tune, as regards the situation faced by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Former UWP Leader Ronald M Green, both of whom allegedly possessed dual citizenship while contesting general elections in 2009.
However, a 49-page court judgment from Justice Gertel Thom on Tuesday 10th January 2012, ruled in favour of Skerrit. The ruling by Justice Thom, which was read out in court, stated that United Workers Party election candidates Ron Green and Maynard Joseph and their lawyers, failed to prove the Dual Citizenship case they brought against then candidates Roosevelt Skerrit and Peter St Jean.
The petitioners and their legal representatives had argued that Skerrit and St Jean were disqualified from being nominated, because they were in breach of the electoral code, having held French citizenship on nomination day, ahead of the December 18 general election of 2009.
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