A CANDIDATE in Saturday's Port Phillip Council election has been served an intervention order preventing him from being within five metres or communicating with a rival candidate.
Jason Evans was served the court order after an application from rival candidate and current councillor Serge Thomann.
The order followed an incident involving the two candidates at a Port Phillip Council after party on Tuesday night.
Cr Thomann said he was ''pleased with the Australian judicial system which protects its citizens.''
Mr Evans said the intervention order was a "farce and an injustice, and an abuse of legal process on the part of Serge Thomann".
He said a video published by The Age and other news outlets "clearly vindicates me".
Mr Evans also denied being removed from a council function on Tuesday night and said he left of his own accord.
"My opponent has manipulated the court system to make an attack on democracy. This not only highlights the flaws in this system, but also shows how little Serge Thomann cares for truth or justice in his ruthless drive to stay in office," he said.
The current mayor of Port Phillip Council, Rachel Powning, said she was "very concerned that this order against Jason Evans will compromise the running of a fair and proper local election''.
"Intervention orders should not be used for political purposes,'' she said.
"I believe this is an inappropriate course of action taken by Cr Thomann and as a fellow councillor I wish to distance myself from it," Cr Powning said.