3 Mar 2011

Samoa court puts election case against Tautua candidate on hold

4:04 pm on 3 March 2011

A court case brought against a Tautua Samoa party candidate by the caretaker Minister for Women Affairs, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, has been put on hold following a ruling by the chief justice.

Patu Falefatu Sapolu has upheld an application by the Electoral Commission's lawyers for a stay of proceeding.

The applicant, Fiame Naomi, has sought a declaratory order against Fiaola Lole, of the Tautua Samoa party, saying he hasn't met the residential requirements of the Electoral Act.

But a state lawyer representing the electoral commissioner, who's the first respondent, has called for the matter to be heard after the election, because the commissioner is busy preparing for this week's poll.

The stay of proceedings means the Tautua Samoa candidate can contest the election.

The Chief Justice has adjourned the matter until Tuesday.