Correcting false, damaging claims

27 October 2021.

Editor in Chief, Samoa Observer.

In your editorial on 26 October 2021 titled “Free and fair by-elections crucial” you refer to myself in several paragraphs. In particular paragraph 16, you cite my name as a constituency that recorded illegal acts, twice.

Although an obvious error, the references are altogether false and potentially damaging to my reputation at a very sensitive and important time as I prepare for the by-election.

I therefore request an immediate apology and retraction to correct detrimental statements made. Further that the correction refers to corrupt practices by the Candidates and not the constituencies.

Faleomavaega Titimaea Tafua


A Samoa Observer editorial in Tuesday’s edition (“Free and fair by-elections crucial”) implied that Faleomavaega Titimaea Tafua had been guilty of the practice of bribery during this year’s April election. This information is incorrect and baseless. The Samoa Observer accepts that Faleomavaega did not run in the April election, nor has he ever been found guilty of breaches of electoral law of any kind. The editorial also incorrectly indicated that Faleomavaega Titimaea Tafua was a constituency.

The Samoa Observer retracts the editorial and regrets the error.

Samoa Observer

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