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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