9 Mar 2011

Samoa case over election candidate's residency put off till next month

7:11 pm on 9 March 2011

The Samoa Supreme Court has adjourned till next month a case brought against an unsuccessful Tautua Samoa party election candidate by veteran woman MP, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa.

The re-elected woman MP had asked the court to declare that her opponent in last week's election, Fiaola Iosua Lole, wasn't eligible to stand because he hadn't met the residency requirements.

The case was initially adjourned before last Friday's poll after the court accepted an application by the Electoral Commissioner because he was too busy preparing for the election to be part of a legal action.

Fiame Naomi, the caretaker Minister for the Ministry of Women Affairs, has been the MP for Lotofaga for nearly three decades and she topped the poll with nearly three times the votes Mr Lole got.