22 Feb 2011

Samoa's Prime Minister defends electoral law

8:03 pm on 22 February 2011

Samoa's Prime Minister says the country's electoral law is perfectly clear, and he won't look at changing it if he is returned to office.

Last week, two of the opposition Tautua Samoa's candidates were disqualified from next week's election, over a provision in the electoral act which requires village leaders to approve the nomination, on the basis of service to the community.

The disqualification means Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi will be unchallenged in his Lepa electorate.

Tuilaepa says the requirement ensures members standing must have provided the normal matai duties to the village.

"Well it's already clear, but as it is to be expected, the opposition, which also voiced no objection against the law, is now saying that there are areas that are unclear. To me, the law is quite clear."

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says while the opposition argued its candidates had fulfilled matai duties, that was why the matter went before court, and the court ruled against them.