Bad check bounces another Mableton candidate from ballot

Jan. 24—A second candidate for the upcoming Mableton municipal elections has been disqualified after his qualifying fee check bounced, Elections Director Janine Eveler said Tuesday.

Henry Okafor, a boxing coach, was one of six candidates for mayor of the new city. He has been "removed from the ballot after his qualifying fee payment was returned for insufficient funds," Cobb County said in a news release.

Okafor joins Dr. Paul Chukelu as the second candidate in as many days to be disqualified over a bad check.

Qualifying fees were $900 for mayoral candidates and $600 for council candidates, to be paid by cash, personal check, money order or cashier's check. Elections for mayor and the six-member council are scheduled for March 21.

Okafor has until Feb. 2 to demonstrate that the returned check was a bank error, the county said. If he fails to do so he will not appear on the ballot.