Samoa election stalemate to continue into coming week

The FAST leader says final negotiations will be held over the coming week with an independent MP who may hold the balance of power.

Fa'atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) party leader Fiame Naomi Mata'afa said she and the independent MP for Gagaemauga 1 will meet early in the coming week to further discussions.

Fiame said she and Tuala Tevaga Ponifasio agreed to wait until election results were confirmed, which happened last night.

Samoa election: Savai'i votes for change as top parties tied

The official results have been declared with the two main parties FAST and HRPP tied at 25 seats.

The final round of counting ended on Friday evening, and the Electoral Commissioner then presented the results to the Head of State, who declared the tally official.

RNZ Pacific correspondent in Apia, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, said the two-way split shows a major shift in voting tendencies.

He said the ruling HRPP's stronghold on Savai'i has been diminished with FAST winning most of the seats there.

Samoa final election outcome could be known tonight

There's been a week-long wait following a cliff-hanger interim result that has the two main parties neck-and-neck.

Both newcomer, the FAST Party, and the HRPP, which has held the reins of power for nearly 40 years, have 25 seats each, with one going to an independent.

Faimalomatumua said only the recount of the constituencies in Savaii has to be done today before results are handed to the Head of State.

He said, so far, the recount has meant changes to the numbers of votes won or lost but not the results.

Late Dickson Bishop “Pisopu” remembered for contribution to education in Samoa

Bishop was also instrumental in his commitment to equipping and grooming the youths through the Scouts movement in Samoa.

Caretaker Minister for Works, Transport and Infrastructure Tapunu’u Papalii Niko Lee Hang said Bishop’s milestone accomplishments in his service to Samoa culminated in the conferring of the government of Samoa’s esteemed award – the Samoa Certificate of Excellence in 1993, in honour of his contribution and achievements in education and youth development in Samoa.

Samoans urged to stand together regardless of election outcome

Electoral officials are still carrying out the final count with official results expected by the end of this week or early next week.

Safua Akeli Amaama, the former director for Samoa Studies at the Samoa National University, now heads New Zealand history and Pacific cultures at Te Papa Museum in Wellington.

Safua told RNZ Dateline Pacific the unfolding election results are not only unprecedented for Samoan politics but also for Samoan women.

Double votes detected in Samoa election count

The Electoral Commissioner Faimalōmatumua Mathew Lemisio said they would face legal action.

Double voting surfaced during the official count for Sagaga 2 constituency that started Tuesday and was put on hold as officials examined the double-voting issue.

The Office said there were 39 instances of double voting.

It is suspected that those people voted in last Friday's election after casting their vote in the pre-polls that ran in the four days prior.

Samoa’s new Tool Development Unit completes Phase 1 of three-month training

The officers, who are part of the newly formed National Tool Development Unit at Samoa’s Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (MESC), are mostly new to the specialised area of assessment work. The unit, a part of the ministry’s Assessment and Examinations Division, focuses on the development of assessment items and test blueprints. A test blueprint is a framework or outline of learning outcomes to be assessed in the test to be designed. 

Samoa man facing double murder charge out on bail

The defendant, Vaotu'ua Auleoleo Ne'emia, who is in his late sixties, is on a surety bond of $US23,000 dollars raised through a mortgage on his land.

Vaotu'ua has pleaded not guilty to counts of murder and weapons charges.

He has been in police custody since his arrest in January.

The court trial is set for June this year.

Meanwhile a former police officer who is facing a charge under the criminal libel law for defaming the former deputy speaker of Parliament during an interview on EFKS TV has yet to enter a plea.

Fiame says Samoa diaspora key for FAST

Fiame's party has tentatively won 25 seats in the new parliament, the same as the caretaker Human Rights Protection Party, with one seat held by an independent.

Fiame told RNZ’s Dateline that she anticipates results to be completed this week or early next week.

“So it’s really to await the outcome. Whether there are any changes or not and until we have that official result than we will know how things will progress.”

Fiame also commended the team for FAST party’s meteoric rise.

Samoa covid 19 vaccine roll out delayed

Leausa Dr Take Naseri said this will allow time to double check if the 24,000 doses of the Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine are all accounted for.

The first shipment for Samoa had arrived last Friday from Copenhagen via South Korea, one of the largest shipments of Covax doses to the Pacific to date.

Samoa's caretaker Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi officially launched the arrival of the vaccine on Monday.

Samoa is expecting the second shipment of the vaccine next month.