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Karahalios claims CPC leadership DQ 'unlawful'

Jim Karahalios released a statement Sunday
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Jim Karahalios claims Friday's announcement that he was disqualified from the federal Conservative Leadership race was "unlawful" and not in accordance with the election rules.

He released a full statement Sunday, claiming none of the 18-person Leadership Election Committee made such a call.

"The 'disqualification' was done by a small group of anonymous people who did not have the authority," the statement read.

He says the campaign and media got a communication from an anonymous source, saying he was DQ'd, despite his campaign achieving the ballot requirements: $300,000 in donations and 3,000 signatures.

Karahalios says he's communicated these, and other concerns to the Conservative Party's National Council, and his campaign continues to deliberate.

His profile has been removed from the Conservative party's page listing leadership candidates.

It comes as a number of candidates call for the delay of a vote so they can better focus on a COVID-19 response.

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