Associate Minister withdraws election petition

Member of Parliament for Aiga i le Tai and the Associate Minister of Finance, Mulipola Laki Leiataua, will not contest the 2021 General Election.

The decision was made official after his election petition was withdrawn from the Supreme Court this week. 

His lawyer, Magele Leone Su’a-Mailo, filed the motion on Monday to withdraw the petition.

Mulipola’s name was not listed on the approved candidates' nominations issued by the Electoral Commissioner last month. 

Contacted for a comment, the Associate Minister of Finance said he was in a meeting and could not comment. 

The decision from Mulipola to withdraw means he is among four incumbent Members of the Legislative Assembly who will not run in the election next year.

Others include the Minister of Women, Community and Social Development, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama, the Associate Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Fa’asootauloa Pati Taulapapa and the Speaker of Parliament, Leaupepe Toleafoa Fa'afisi.

When Mulipola was previously asked if his decision to withdraw his petition concerned traffic a offence he was convicted of, he declined to comment.

According to Court records the Incumbent M.P. for Aiga ile Tai was convicted and discharged in 2015 for the charge of negligent driving causing death to a male of Vaiusu. 

The Road Ordinance Act 1960 noted that a person is liable to a fine not exceeding 20 penalty units or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years for the charge. 

The Electoral Commissioner, Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio, confirmed that a person is disqualified from contesting for election if the person has been convicted in Samoa or another country within 8 years from the date of nomination is made on an offence punishable by death or imprisonment for a term of 4 years or more.   

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