Samoa poll Of­fice mum on war­rant

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Samoa’s act­ing Elec­toral Com­mis­sioner, Faimalo­ma­tu­mua Mathew Lemi­sio, has de­clined to com­ment on whether the Min­is­ter of Jus­tice and Courts Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Faaolesa Katopau Ainu’u, had de­clared that there was a war­rant for his ar­rest when he en­tered his can­di­dacy for the Gen­eral Elec­tion. “I have no com­ment (to make about that),” Faimalo re­sponded to ques­tions from the Sun­day Samoan. “The onus is on the can­di­date so that is why we have th­ese mea­sures of the statu­tory dec­la­ra­tion.” He did not elab­o­rate. In light of sev­eral can­di­dates who have been pros­e­cuted – with at least two al­ready con­victed – of mak­ing false dec­la­ra­tions in their can­di­dacy forms, the rev­e­la­tion that there is an out­stand­ing war­rant for the Min­is­ter of Jus­tice, who is also re­spon­si­ble for the Elec­toral Of­fice, has raised eye­brows. Samoa Ob­server

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