Date for Samoa by-elections changed

A social media post by the Office of the Electoral Commission said polling day will now be November 26, and pre-polling will be held two days earlier on November 24.

The Office of the Electoral Commission said the Writ for Elections for all seven Electoral Constituencies will now be issued on 29 October 2021.

Nominations for candidates for all seven Electoral Constituencies will open November 1 and close November 5.

The seven by-elections have been called as a result of petitions against election night winners of the 9 April 2021 General Elections.

Samoa by-elections set for 12 November

The Samoa Electoral Commission said polling for seven by-elections will have happen on 12 November.

The seven seats became vacant after the petition process resulting from the April general election.

Writs for the by-elections will be issued on Friday with nominations throughout next week.

Campaigning can then begin a week later, running until 9 November.

Pre-polling will start on 10 November.


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Date still pending for Samoa by-elections

RNZ Pacific correspondent says there five by-elections, four in Upolu and one in Savai'i. There are just three election petition cases awaiting decisions.

Pending the results of the by elections, the 51 parliamentary seats stand at 26 for FAST and 20 for the HRPP.

The new Speaker of Parliament, Papalii Li'o Ta'eu Masipa'u says he has not received any formal notification of the results of the 28 electoral petitions from April general election.

He says once he receives the notification he will issue the warrants for the by-elections and the process will start.