Q: If an independent candidate for alderman files a candidate petition with the wrong election date or which does not specify the ward in which he is running, may the names on the petition pages on which such deficiencies appear be counted towards the number of signatures required by law to qualify for office?

A: No. Based on City of Clinton v. Smith, 493 So. 2d 331 (Miss. 1986), such signatures may not be counted towards the number of signatures required by law. (Attorney General's Opinion to Sorrell dated March 23, 2009)