17 Aug 2006

Samoa Supreme Court declare void two parliamentary seats

1:57 pm on 17 August 2006

The Supreme Court in Samoa has declared void the election result in two parliamentary seats after successful election petitions.

The MP for Fa'asalele'aga number four and broadcasting minister, Mulitalo Siafausa Vui, lost his seat when he was found guilty of bribery through his traditional presentations or o'o held outside of his constituency in November last year.

Counter allegations against the petitioner, Su'a Rimoni Ah Chong, were withdrawn during the case when the first respondent had agreed to drop his bribery and treating accusations.

The minister refused to talk to the media when he was approached after the ruling.

MP Paepae Kapeli Su'a has been found guilty of two counts of bribery while the petitioner, Tautoloitua Farani Posala, has also been found guilty of three counts each of bribery and treating.