19 Jul 2014

Samoa ruling party backs four by-election candidates

3:37 pm on 19 July 2014

Samoa's ruling Human Rights Protection Party has named four candidates to contest next month's by-election after the death of the Gagaifomaiuga number one territorial constituency MP, Tuilo'a Anitele'a Tuilo'a.

The four candidates, who include a former cabinet minister, were endorsed in a party committee meeting.

Ga'ina Tino is a former Minister of Justice and Legislative Assembly and Faimalotoa Kolotita Stowers is the former Director and CEO of Samoa Broadcasting Service.

The other two HRPP candidates are Lavea Ieti and Taito Vaea Tanu.

The Tautua Samoa opposition party has yet to announce a candidate.

The Electoral Commissioner, Papalii Malietau Malietoa, says the by-election will be held on August 15th.