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Mujahid hopes to run for UCP as restraining order vacated, now not an impartial candidate

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A restraining order in opposition to former UCP candidate Zulkifl Mujahid has been vacated by a Court docket of King’s Bench justice. Mujahid and the plaintiff, Fort McMurray realtor Athir Mehmood, have agreed to a mutual no-contact order.

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The matter is one in every of two authorized points the UCP used to take away Mujahid as a candidate in Fort McMurray-Wooden Buffalo final month. Mujahid can be now not an impartial candidate in Fort McMurray-Wooden Buffalo, however hopes the UCP will let him run within the Could 29 election.

“I used to be anticipating this consequence however I’m nonetheless in a state of shock of what occurred to me,” mentioned Mujahid. “I don’t have any concern with any UCP candidate. I’m simply asking for justice for myself. I’ve cleared my title and I anticipate democracy to prevail.”

The using’s present UCP candidate, incumbent MLA Tany Yao, would want to resign or be eliminated by the UCP earlier than Mujahid can return as candidate. Yao, who has began campaigning, declined remark when requested for remark. Could 11 is the deadline for candidates to register with Elections Alberta.

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Mujahid was ousted by the UCP on April 19 when social gathering leaders discovered about two authorized, non-criminal accusations in opposition to Mujahid. Incumbent MLA Tany Yao, who misplaced the nomination race to Mujahid final December, was named the candidate on April 21.

The second excellent authorized matter is a lawsuit from Sultan Zamman of Sultan Administration Group, who can be suing Councillor Shafiq Dogar. A courtroom date has but to be scheduled for the matter.

Mujahid insists the authorized challenges have been meant to power the UCP to expel him as a candidate, and arranged by individuals bitter he received the social gathering nomination.

He registered as an impartial candidate with Elections Alberta on Could 2, however is now not named as a candidate on the group’s web site. He mentioned in a Could 5 interview he hoped to defeat Yao and cross the ground to the UCP caucus if he was not welcomed again as a candidate.

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“I used to be inspired to hunt the nomination by many pals and supporters, to lastly give Fort McMurray an opportunity to have a democratic say in who the Conservative candidate can be on this constituency.” mentioned Mujahid.

“We labored actually onerous and that culminated in my victory within the nomination. Clearly, for no matter causes, the residents of Fort McMurray-Wooden Buffalo felt that it was time for a brand new face and that’s the democratic means.”

The opposite candidates operating in Fort McMurray-Wooden Buffalo have declined commenting on the matter instantly. However, NDP candidate Tanika Chaisson and Alberta Social gathering candidate Brad Friesen each argue the incident proves their events are secure in comparison with the UCP.

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