9 May 2007

Winner of by-election in Samoa accused of bribery and treating

9:03 am on 9 May 2007

The winner of a parliamentary by-election in Samoa will find out today if charges of bribery and treating will be laid against him.

Last Friday's winner and former MP, Patu Ativalu, as well as the runner up Taumanupepe Keleso, were both HRPP candidates during the Vaimauga west seat by-election.

But Taumanupepe on SBCTV accused the former opposition MP of giving money and alcohol to voters the night before the election.

He says most of the people who were given with the alcohol and money by Patu Ativalu, told him what happened.

Patu topped the polls with 679 votes while Taumanupepe polled 626 votes.

Taumanupepe says he is waiting for the announcement of the official results today before he will file his election petition case in court.