Urgent Parliament session to amend Electoral Act

Parliament will reconvene earlier than expected on Tuesday next week to allow Members to discuss an urgent amendment to the Electoral Act 2019.

The Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, Tiatia Graeme Tualaulelei, confirmed the early resumption of Parliament as opposed to its scheduled sitting in October.

“The leader of the House will make an announcement to allow for Parliament proceedings to commence,” said the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly.
“It is to amend the Electoral law.”

When Parliament disbursed in August, the Speaker, Leaupepe Toleafoa Fa'afisi, adjourned it until 6 October 2019. 

Recently, the Electoral Act 2019 became subject to a Constitutional challenge in the Supreme Court.

Tuala Iosefo Ponifasio and Papalii Panoa Tavita who filed the claim alleged the Electoral Act was discriminatory and unconstitutional. 

The claim was later withdrawn with the parties reaching an agreement with the Attorney General’s Office. 

Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala – Warren granted the withdrawal of the matter where the parties signed a memorandum to amend parts of the Electoral Act 2019. 

Those changes are confidential until the law is changed.

The law changes should be approved and passed before the nomination for General Election candidates open in October.

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