22 Apr 2015

Samoa govt Minister embroiled in a spat

3:06 pm on 22 April 2015

Samoa's Minister of Justice and the Electoral Commissioner's office, Fiame Naomi Mataafa, has become embroiled in a spat among MPs over the boundaries of the proposed Faleata district urban seat.

Samoa government building, Apia.

Samoa government building, Apia. Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades

Opposition MP, Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi, has accused the minister of making changes that would exclude a large portion of the Vaitele industrial zone from the electorate.

The MP and several matai from Faleata west constituency have approached the Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, and asked for the amendment to be postponed.

Lealailepule says at a workshop prior to this week's sitting of parliament concerns were raised by MPs from both parties over the minister's plans for the electoral amendments.