Friday 9 July 2021 Mulinuu Apia Samoa. The Safata No.2 constituency will return to the polls in a by-election after the elected candidate, Nonu Te’o Lomialagi Lose Niumata of the Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) announced his resignation from the post following an out-of-court settlement with his petitioner, Laumatiamanu Ringo Purcell
The matter was called before Justice Niava Mata Tuatagaloa and Justice Tuatagaloa Tologata Leilani Tuala-Warren this week, where counsels from both sides indicated their intention to withdraw the petition and counter-petition.
Petitioner Laumatiamanu Ringo Purcell requested Nonu Te’o’s resignation as a condition for the withdrawal of his petition.
Nonu won the Safata 2 seat by 578 to Laumatiamanu’s 466, in a race of six candidates at the April 9th general election.
As electoral petitions continue to be heard in the Supreme Court, the standing of Parliamentary seats is at FAST 26 – HRPP 20, as at Friday 9 July 2021.