Election Petition Against Speaker to be Officially Withdrawn


Thursday 29 July 2021, Mulinu’u Apia Samoa. An election petition alleging bribery and treating against Samoa’s elected Speaker Papalii Lio Masipau will be called again in the Supreme Court of Samoa this Friday before Justice Vui Clarence Nelson and Justice Fepuleai Ameperosa Roma.

Petitioner Namulauulu Papalii Sami Leota also faces similar charges, through a counter-petition filed by Papalii Lio, however, both applications are expected to be withdrawn when the matter is called this week.

Outside Court last Tuesday 20 July 2021, both parties spoke to the media about their intentions to withdraw petitions for the sake of unity amongst the villages; and allow Papalii Lio to continue as the Fa’asalele’aga No3 MP for this parliamentary term.

Papalii Lio Taeu Masipau says they are brothers within the Constituency.

Businessman and former President of the Samoa Chamber of Commerce, Namulauulu Papalii Sami Leota had confirmed his intention to withdraw, and wished Papalii Lio well in serving their constituency.

A lawyer by profession and former Assistant Commissioner of Police, Papalii Lio Masipau thanked Namulauulu for allowing him to continue as the elected MP for their constituency.

A close race between Namulauulu Papalii Sami and elected Speaker Papalii Lio Taeu.

The Supreme Court adjourned the matter to allow for the manatory advertisement period of 7 days.

Advertisements were seen in the local daily newspaper on the 27th and 28th of July, 2021 indicating Namulauulu and Papalii’s grounds and agreement to withdraw their respective legal challenges.

Marieta H Ilalio