Tu’ula Kiliri Lafi Tuitui leaving court after being disqualified as a candidate in two consecutive general elections
BY Lagi Keresoma
APIA, SAMOA: WEDNESDAY 24 FEBRUARY 2016: The Supreme Court Judges, Chief Justice Patū Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu and Justice Lesatele Rapi Vaai, have disqualified 3 candidates from contesting in next month’s general election.
The candidates include Tu’ula Kiliri Lafi Tuitui who was running against caretaker Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi for the Lepā District seat. Tu’ula was also disqualified as a candidate in the 2011 general elections for failing to satisfy the service qualification.
Also disqualified was Fiaola Iosua Lole who was the sole opponent for Fiame Naomi Mata’afa of the Lotofaga constituency.
Leo’o Dr. John Adams was also disqualified from contesting the Aleipata Itupa-i- Luga seat against Amituanai Fagaivalu Kennrick Samu.
The only successful election challenge from the 4 decisions delivered today was Fa’aulusau Rosa Duffy-Stowers against La’auli Polataivao Schmidt.
Disqualifying 3 candidates today mean that the electors in these three constituencies will not go to the polls next Friday, 4 Match as their representatives have been elected unopposed.
Elected unopposed at the close of nominations was Selafi Tio Lautafi Purcell of Satupaitea. Those now elected unopposed by virtue of the court decisions are Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi for Lepā, Mataafa Fiame Naomi for Lotofaga and Amituana’i Fagaivalu Kennrick Samu for Aleipata Itupa-i-Luga.
The decisions for the 2 remaining election challenges between Tuisugaletaua Sofara Aveau and Fuatimau Leniu and the challenge by FaumuināTiatia Liuga against Le Tagaloa Pita and will be delivered tomorrow.