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What is Good for Apia is also good for Savaii!
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Oct 16

Zero tolerance switched on

A few weeks before the close of voter’s registration in the first week of November, the Electoral Commissioner’s Office has referred 15 alleged incidents of violation to police for legal prosecution.


This despite repeated pleas by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi during his weekly press conferences discouraging foul play that would smear the government’s wish for clean general elections.

“The Prime Minister’s public support is inspirational for our office,” says Acting Electoral Commissioner Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio.

“The 15 cases implicating violations to the Electoral Act are not tolerated.

“And as our Prime Minister has vowed on public radio, we are following his instructions to adopt the zero tolerance approach by referring any alleged violations to police for legal prosecution.

“Our Office has spared no expense through public forums and training to raise awareness on voter registrations law requirements,” continued Faimalomatumua.

“Our public awareness drive highlighted the do’s and do not’s as prescribed by the Electoral Act.

“We had also concentrated our attention on the new amendments passed by parliament.

“And we are more than ready to deal with any suspicious attempt to break the electoral law.”

Ironically since parliament tabled electoral act amendments, the Prime Minister time and again, had warned election candidates and their supporters to obey the law.

“It is paramount that we maintain our country’s political stability reputation which is the envy of the Pacific Region and we must reaffirm to the world that democracy is very much alive in Samoa through our election processes,” said the Prime Minister.

“This is why after every General Election a Commission of Inquiry is appointed by Parliament to review the election process to find any weaknesses to ensure fair election of our leaders in coming polls.

“No system is full proof because of our unpredictable human nature.

“As a reminder, I urge candidates and supporters to remember that winning an election should be secondary because the reputation of Samoa as a democratic and corrupt free elected government is at stake.

“God will appoint and deliver us the leaders in his own time.”

Voter registration in the meantime will close on November 4th.

And by the beginning of October, close to 110,000 voters have registered.

From that number close to 14,000 are new registered voters.

Author: Nanai Laveitiga Tuiletufuga
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