15 Mar 2011

Samoan high chief banished from village for not voting village candidate

11:33 am on 15 March 2011

A family of a high chief in Samoa in Asau village on Savaii island has been banished for not voting for the village's defeated candidate.

In the election earlier this month, the high chief, Masoe Selota, and his family reportedly voted for the opposition Tautua Samoa party leader, Vaai Papu Vaai, from the neighboring village of Vaisala.

However, the newspaper Le Week-ender says the family is yet to leave.

The village chiefs' special committee is still to investigate who had not voted for the candidate of the ruling HRPP party, Tufuga Gafoaleata Faitua, who is also a high ranking orator.

Two women reported to the village council meeting last week that Masoe Selota had asked them to vote for Vaai Papu Vaai and not the high ranking orator.