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Samoan Supreme Court dismiss Election office strike out motion against FAST party
07:42 am GMT+12, 28/04/2021, Samoa

The Samoa Supreme Court has dismissed a strike out motion from the Office of the Electoral Commission(OEC) to quash an electoral challenge over its decision to activate the 10 per cent mandate of women Members of Parliament.  
 
The decision was handed down by Acting Chief Justice, Niava Mata Tuatagaloa, Justice Vui Clarence Nelson and Justice Lesatele Rapi Vaai today  
 
In light of the decision from the Court, it will now move to a substantive hearing next Wednesday to determine the challenge brought by the Faatuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) that alleges the Electoral Commissioner's decision was unconstitutional and unlawful to certify Aliimalemanu Alofa Tuuau as an additional member.
 
Also accepted by the court today is the FAST motion to add the elected member of Alataua West, Seuula Ioane as a joiner in the main motion.
 
Crucial to the case is the political stalemate the Electoral Commissioners action has created with a 26-26.

SOURCE: SAMOA OBSERVER/TALAMUA ONLINE/PACNEWS


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