16 Feb 2016

Samoa court to hear challenges over candidates eligibility

11:54 am on 16 February 2016

In Samoa, nine cases have been filed in court questioning the eligibility of some election candidates.

Samoa's opposition leader Palusalue Faapo the 2nd

Samoa's opposition leader Palusalue Faapo the 2nd Photo: RNZI

The Tautua Samoa party leader, Palusalue Faapo II, said four of his party's candidates were facing legal challenges over eligibility requirements.

He said Tuula Kiliri Lafi Tuitui, the only candidate challenging the prime minister in Lepa constituency, was facing a legal battle for the second time over his village service or monotaga.

Le Tagaloa Pita and Tiatia Mapesone Malo who will be challenging the former minister of finance, Faumuina Tiatia Liuga, were facing challenges over village service and the three year residential requirements.

The first case which was called on Monday, is between the caretaker minister of justice and long time MP for Lotofaga constituency, Fiame Naomi Mataafa, against the Tautua Samoa party candidate, Fiaola Iosua.

The matter will be heard again tomorrow on Wednesday, while all other cases will be called this afternoon for mention in which a date for hearing will be set.