27 Apr 2006

Samoa government MPs file counter petitions over bribery and treating claims

3:20 pm on 27 April 2006

Two Members of Parliament for Samoa's Ruling Human Rights Protection Party have filed counter petitions alleging bribery and treating during last month's election.

Both MPs are first respondents in two separate petitions filed on Monday.

Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia reports

"Both HRPP MPs, Fonotoe Nuafesili Pierre Lauofo, and Pa'u Sefo Taumata had won the seats of Vaimauga west and Fa'asaleleaga number two constituencies in last month's election. But their petitioners have alleged that they had bribed voters by offering them money and food before, and during the election. Meanwhile, one Cabinet Minister who is one of the respondents in the ten election petition cases to be heard next month, is considering to file a counter petition. The Cabinet Minister, Mulitalo Sealiimalietoa Siafausa is being accused of bribery and treating by the Leader of the Samoa party in his election petition. Samoa Party leader, Su'a Rimoni Ah Chong, was unsuccessful in the election. Lawyer Toleafoa Solomona To'ailoa says, that he met with the cabinet minister today,to discuss his petition."