15 May 2006

Another Samoa election petition withdrawn

9:07 am on 15 May 2006

Another election petition in Samoa alleging bribery and treating has been withdrawn.

It is the fourth case to be withdrawn since petitions were filed after the official result of last month's poll was announced by the Electoral Commissioner.

The application to withdraw Fuimaono Fa'asopo's petition against Opposition woman MP Fuimaono Na'oia Te'i was heard in the Supreme court.

The petitioner alleged that the first respondent had offered money to several electors and voters before and during the election.

But lawyer for the petitioner told the court that his client had resolved the matter according to Samoan cultural and traditions.

It was the first case scheduled to be heard next Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a motion to strike out a counter petition alleging bribery and treating, against petitioner and fomer minister of Police has been rejected in a decision by Chief Justice Patu Tiava'asu'e Falefatu Sapolu.