27 Jul 2006

Samoa PM chides election commission over poll bungles

1:30 pm on 27 July 2006

Samoa's Prime Minister has warned the Electoral Commissioner, Tanuvasa Isitolo, about election discrepancies and corrupt practices.

The Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, says the Commissioner should not employ dishonest people to run elections.

He says these are the people who are only after the money from allowances and never perform accordingly.

Tuila'epa's comments comes after the chairman of the Electoral Commission Inquiry last week said the commission had discovered many corrupt practices and discrepancies during the general election four months ago.

The prime minister says this is why his government has decided to call an early Commission of Inquiry in order to investigate a number of accusations.