7 Dec 2011

Samoa Attorney General says their party hopping laws have worked well

4:15 pm on 7 December 2011

Samoa's Attorney General says the decision two years ago to amend Samoa's electoral act and constitution to deter party hopping was the right move.

Aumua Ming Leung Wai was speaking at a South Pacific Constitutions and Rule of Law conference at the University of Auckland.

There have been defections and party hopping in the past in Samoa and Aumua Ming Leung Wai says the amendments to the Electoral Act and Constitution were made to bring stability.

"Because after the elections, we didnt have to deal with any issues of possible defections or party hopping, which in the end resulted in more stability. And the focus more is more on running the country, rather than on looking after your own party members on whether they are going to defect or not. So if we look at the situation in other countries, like the Solomons or even Vanuatu we see change of government's happening more often, and that is certainly something Samoa does not want."

Aumua Ming Leung Wai.