Election: Vavaʻu complaints, Haʻapai recount

    Tonga’s Electoral Commission’s office received two complaints relating to alleged breaches of the Electoral Act and an application for a judicial recount following the general election last week.

    The Election Commissioner, Pita Vuki told Kaniva News this morning they received two complaints from Vavaʻu 15 against elected MP Samiu Kiuta Vaipulu by the unsuccessful candidate,  Tomifa Paea and from Vavaʻu 16 against elected MP ‘Etuate Sungalu Lavulavu by a group of people.

    Vuki said they are investigating and trying to piece together evidences they received from the complainants and those involved. No further details given.

    He said if they get enough evidences to prove the Electoral Act was breached his office would refer the case to the Solicitor General for legal action. Meanwhile Vaipulu will remain the MP for Vavaʻu 15 while Lavulavu  holds the seat for Vavaʻu 16.

    Separately, Vuki said he is  heading to Haʻapai today for a recount of the Ha’apai 12 election after they received an application for a judicial recount from the unsuccessful candidate Mo’ale Finau.

    Finau, a Democratic Party candidate, lost his Haʻapai 12 seat to independent MP Viliami Hingano Manuopangai by three votes.

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    1. Kuo maʻu ha lāunga ʻe he ʻŌfisi ʻo e Komisiona Faifili mei Vavaʻu ʻo fekauʻaki mo e ongo fakafofonga ‘e toko ua ko Samiu Kiuta Vaipulu mo ‘Etuate Sungalu Lavulavu.

      Pehē ‘e he Komisiona Faifilí, Pita Vuki ki he Kanivá he pongipongi ni ko e lāunga ʻeni ʻo tukuakiʻi naʻe maumauʻi ʻe he tokouá ni ʻa e lao filí.

      Ko hono laungaʻi ʻo Vaipulu ne fakahoko ia ʻe he kanititeiti ka naʻe ʻikai lava hili e filí ko Tomifā Paea pea ko Lavulavu ne lāungaʻi ia ʻe ha kulupu mei hono vāhengá.

      Pehē ʻe Vuki ʻoku nau fakatotolo mo feinga ke ʻuuni e ngaahi fakamatala lāunga kuo ʻomí pea ka nau ka maʻu ha fakamoʻoni feʻunga naʻe moʻoni ʻa e lāungá pea ʻe ʻoatu leva ia ki he solisitoa seniale ke ne fai ha ngāue fakalao ki ai.

      Taimi tatau ʻe kei hoko pe ʻa e ongo fakafofongá ko e fakafofonga ia mei Vavaʻu ki he Fale Aleá.

      Makehe mei hení ʻoku folau atu he ʻahó ni ʻa Vuki ki Haʻapai ke toe fai hano lau foʻou ʻa e fili ʻa Haʻapai 12 hili haʻane maʻu ha kole mei he fakafofonga Fale Alea ki muʻa ko Moʻale Finau ʻa ia ne ikunaʻi ia ʻi he fili mei hono vāhengá ʻaki ha foʻi fili pe ʻe 3 ʻe Viliami Hingano Manuopangai.

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