Samoa's HRPP takes early lead

About 8,000 voters can cast their ballots over four days before Friday's election.

The publication of first results has raised questions among commentators as it might influence the remaining voters.

The Electoral Commissioner Faimalomatumua said they had decided not to 'sleep on the results' and would continue to count and announce the results each day.

189 candidates, including 21 women, are contesting the 50 seats for a five-year term in the legislative assembly.

One party state a norm for Samoa: political observer

Majority of the seats in Parliament have been occupied by HRPP with only two seats to Tautua Samoa party.

This means there would be no opposition party at all, making Samoa a one party state. With that being said it is always a two way street.

Critics are saying Samoa being a one party state could be chaos as there would be no opposition to keep the government in check. While some experts are saying Samoa has been a one party state for some time anyway, technically.


Samoa's ruling party given resounding mandate in elections

The governing Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) of long-time Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi won 44 of the 49 seats in parliament. It was the best ever election performance for the party, which has dominated the country's politics for most of the time since its formation in 1982.

Samoa's ruling party ahead

The victory for the party of long-time Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has dealt a huge blow for the opposition Tautua Samoa Party, which has been decimated.

While the final count is yet to be released, it is all but certain that the ruling Human Rights Protection Party will command a two-thirds majority of parliament.


Samoa's ruling HRPP retains 4 seats ahead of the poll

The caretaker prime minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, has won his Lepa constituency after his motion to disqualify his only opponent, Tu'ula Kiliri Lafi Tuitui, was upheld.

Tu'ula did not fulfil the requirement of rendering a village service or monotaga in three consecutive years.

Tuilaepa unanimously reconfirmed as HRPP Leader

The 37 member HRPP caucus unanimously re-elected Tuilaepa as Party leader in a caucus meeting Wednesday .Also reconfirmed is the Deputy Prime Minister Fonotoe Nuafesili Lauofo.

The re-elections in caucus mean that Tuilaepa will resume as Prime Minister if HRPP gets back to power after the general elections, as well as his Deputy.

Party sources told Talamua, the party also elected two candidates for the Council of Deputies which should be confirmed by parliament in its current session.


HRPP unity remains solid, says Tuilaepa

Brushing aside media inquiries, Party leader and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi told a press conference that reports of cracks within the HRPP are a “non-issue.”

“You have to remember it’s an election year.