29 December 2021. Samoa’s Assistant Electoral Commissioner, Faumui Afualo Daryl Mapu has been arrested and charged with possession of drugs and illegal weapons in a police raid that took place between 6pm-7pm Tuesday night, 28th December.
Deputy Police Commissioner Auapaau Logoitino Filipo said 1.6 grams of methamphetamine and six illegal unregistered weapons were found at Faumui’s Nuu-Fou home.
“Police found five ready-for-sale packets of the drug methamphetamine, which when weighed, amounted to 1.6 grams”.
Deputy Commissioner Auapaau confirmed Police had also seized four pistols and two long rifles during the raid.
“The two rifles were both unregistered, a 12 gauge shotgun and a single shot .22 rifle.”
A woman in her late 20’s was also arrested, understood to be an employee of the Office of the Electoral Commissioner (OEC).
According to Auapaau, the Acting Electoral Commissioner, and OEC’s Manager of Returning Services has been under police watch for some time now.
The pair have been charged and remanded, to be held in Police custody until the Courts re-open on the 31st of January 2022.
Faumui Afualo Daryl Mapu has been with the Office of the Electoral Commissioner for nearly 17 years, starting his employment back in 2005 when operations were under the Legislative Assembly.
He took up the OEC’s Manager of Returning Services role in August 2015 and has served two 3-year contracts at the Assistant CEO level of Government.
As Assistant Commissioner, Faumui has acted in the Commissioner’s role on several occasions during this time.