Faleata candidate drops legal challenge
A candidate for Faleata No. 3, Toi Ioane Ilalio, who was hoping to fly the banner of the Samoa First Political Party (S.F.P.P.) in the next year's General Election, has withdrawn his electoral petition.
His lawyer, Unasa Iuni Sapolu, filed a motion to discontinue the matter in the Supreme Court on Monday afternoon.
The lawyer said the legal challenge was filed on grounds of the candidate’s monotaga.
However, she said that upon obtaining the matai certificate in October, it did not show that the title has been deregistered.
Justice Vui Clarence Nelson and Justice Leiataualesa Daryl Clarke presided.
Toi is one of two candidates from Faleata No. 3 who filed electoral petitions after their nominations were rejected by the Electoral Commissioner last month.
The withdrawal of the petition leaves Paloa Louis Stowers, of Vaitele, as the only rival for Incumbent Member of Parliament and Associate Minister, Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi, pending a successful outcome of his legal challenge.
The newly established seat of Faleata No. 3 consists of Vaitele tai, Vaitele fou and Vaitele uta.
A former village mayor of Vaitele, Toi is now the fifth candidate to have dropped his electoral challenge, since the Court heard petitions.
Toi spent most of his working life in Brisbane, Australia before moving back to Samoa more than five years ago.