26 Jun 2006

Samoan Supreme Court denies election petition re-hearing

10:09 am on 26 June 2006

The Supreme Court in Samoa has denied an application to re-hear a ruling held in May where a motion to strike out several election petitions was rejected.

The decision by Chief justice Patu Tiava'asu'e Falefatu Sapolu and Supreme court judge, Lesatele Rapi Va'ai allows petitions which were filed after 27 of April.

The application for a re-hearing comes after councils representing several MPs, including a government minister, said that election petitions needed to be filed with-in a certain time following a general election.

Three HRPP and one Independent MPs are facing allegations of bribery and treating in election petitions.

The denial of a re-hearing means the remaining cases will go ahead.

The court is currently hearing the second petition by a former Opposition MP against a new HRPP MP and former Manu Samoa player Solamalemalo Keneti Sio.

The court has reserved its decision on the first case against Opposition MP Paepae Kapeli Su'a.