27 Jan 2015

Tonga election petition adjourned

7:53 pm on 27 January 2015

An election petition filed against Tonga's former deputy Prime Minister, Samiu Vaipulu, alleging bribery and corrupt practices during last year's election, has been adjourned until the 10th of February.

Matangi Tonga reports that Tomifa Paea, who filed the petition, asked the Supreme Court to adjourn the case today.

Mr Paea lost to Mr Vaipulu in the race for the Vava'u Number 15 people's seat.

The caretaker Deputy Prime Minister of Tonga Samiu Vaipulu, is a hopeful for the post of Prime Minister, and is said to have the backing of the nobles.

Samiu Vaipulu Photo: SPREP