There is no evidence the general election results was manipulated hence the conclusion that a Commission of Inquiry into the Office of the Electoral Commission, is not required.
Electoral Minister, Faualo Harry Schuster says the alleged involvement of two employees in a drug related matter does not “warrant” a Commission.
Last week, leader of the Human Rights Protection Party called for a Inquiry into the OEC to ensure the public the lats general election was conducted in a fair; accountable manner, and to also protect the integrity of the office.
Former Prime Minister, Tuileapa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi, made the call following the arrest of the Assistant Electoral Commissioner Afualo Darryl Mapu in relation to a drug bust where police discovered baggies of methamphetamine or ice at his residence in Nu’u.
In an interview with Radion Polynesia the Minister had this to say regarding the call by the opposition party.
The Minister added he has confidence in the operation and the staff of the Election office.
The former Prime Minister said following the police raid, they were skeptical and started to question the results that led to the defeat of the HRPP.
He also pointed out the ACEO is the son of the Speaker of the House, Lio Papalii Taeu Masipa’u a member of the winning political party, Faatuatua file Atua samoa ua Tasi.
Last month the police raided the residence of Afualo in Nu’u and confiscated baggies of methamphetamine or ice; pistols, hand guns, laptops, cell phones; rifles, as well as live ammunition and more than $3,000 cash.
Afualo was arrested with another staff of OEC, Marie Fanueli. The pair were remanded to the custody of police until the 31 January, 2022 when they will appear in the Supreme Court for criminal mention.