25 Apr 2006

Ten election petitions filed in Samoa

7:46 pm on 25 April 2006

Ten election petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court in Samoa, challenging the results of last month's general election.

The petitioners alleged the successful candidates committed corrupt and illegal practices, including bribery and treating, in order to induce voters.

Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia reports from Apia.

"One of the petitioners' is the Samoa Party leader, Su'a Rimoni Ah Chong, against the new Minister of Telecommunication and Broadcasting, Mulitalo Sealiimalietoa Siafausa. Su'a allege the MP for Fa'asaleleaga Number four constituency had committed corrupt and illegal practices during the election."

Seven petitions are against the ruling Human Rights Protection Party, while three are against the Samoa Democratic United party. The first three petitions will be heard in the Supreme court for mention on May 4th