7 Oct 2006

Last two Samoa by-elections being held today

9:10 am on 7 October 2006

The last two by-elections following last month's court rulings which declared void parliamentary seats for Aleipata Itupa i lalo and Fa'asalele'aga number four constituencies are being held today .

Four ruling Human Rights Protection party candidates will compete in the Fa'asalele'aga number four constituency.

The seat was previously held by former HRPP party whip and Minister of Broadcasting and Telecommunications, Mulitalo Siafausa Vui.

Four HRPP candidates and one woman candidate running as an independent are contesting the Aleipata Itupa i lalo constituency.

The constituency's seat became vacant when the former Opposition MP, Paepae Kapeli Su'a, was found guilty of bribery and treating in an election petition court ruling.

All polling booths will open at nine this morning and close at 3 in the afternoon.

Preliminary results are expected at around five this evening.