17 Aug 2006

Samoa's Supreme Court declares void two parliamentary seats

3:10 pm on 17 August 2006

The Supreme Court in Samoa has declared void two parliamentary seats after a ruling today over two election petitions.

The MP for Fa'asalele'aga number four, Mulitalo Siafausa Vui, and Aleipata itupa I lalo constituency, MP Paepae Kapeli Su'a, have lost their seats.

Our correspondent, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, reports.

"For the constituency of Aleipata itupa I lalo, in the case between the new opposition MP Paepae Kapeli Su'a and Tautoloitua Farani Posala, there will be a by-election because both the petitioner and the first respondent are guilty of bribery and treating. For the constituency of Fa'asalele'aga number four, between the Samoa party leader, Su'a Rimoni Ah Chong and former government minister, Mulitalo Siafausa Vui, the court will send a report to the Speaker of the house informing them of the decision, and then the Speaker will decide on what to do, whether to call a by-election or to have Su'a Rimoni Ah Chong declared as the new member of parliament for Fa'asalele'aga number four."