9 Mar 2015

Petition against Tonga's Vaipulu withdrawn

3:36 pm on 9 March 2015

An election petition filed against the former Tongan deputy prime minister, Samiu Vaipulu, has been withdrawn.

Matangi Tonga reports the competing candidate for the Vava'u No.15 People's Representative seat, Tomifa Paea, has pulled out of his bid because of a lack of legal representation.


Tonga Photo: AFP

In December, Mr Paea claimed Mr Vaipulu had used bribery and corrupt practices during his campaign.

Mr Vaipulu, who was represented by fellow MP, Clive Edwards, denied allegations that he had been giving away cigarettes, lunches and paying kava fees.

A separate election petition, filed against the Minister of Infrastructure and Vava'u No.15 People's Representative, 'Etuate Lavulavu, will be mentioned in court on March the 11th.

A former MP, Dr Viliami Latu, and 'Aisea Siliveinusi, who filed the petition, claimed bribery and corrupt practices against Mr Lavulavu.

The petitioners are also represented by Mr Edwards.