19 Sep 2006

Bribery allegations in Samoa by-election

8:25 am on 19 September 2006

One of the candidates for the Fa'asalele'aga number two constituency by-election to be held this Friday has accused a former MP, Pa'u Sefo Pa'u, of gifting money to his village with the intention of bribing voters before the by-election.

The former MP's parliamentary seat was declared void last month when he was found guilty of bribery and treating during this year's general election.

The ruling Human Rights Protection party candidate, Papali'i Dr Samuelu Petaia, is the only candidate representing his village of Sapapali'i.

He told the Samoa Observer newspaper the former MP gave about 15 hundred US dollars to a church in his village.

The former MP's daughter, Letoa Rita Pa'u, is one of the candidates in the by-election.