Due to an accounting mistake in the Samoan election, the top two parties are once again tied.

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Since the Electoral Commission found an accounting error, Samoa’s two major political parties will face off again in the general election.

Because of the blunder, independent Tautua Party nominee Tamaleta Taimang Jensen was at the top of the Vaimauga No 2 ballot.

Saturday night, the Commission announced the latest provisional results, which resulted in incumbent HRPP MP Lenatai Victor being proclaimed the winner.

Tamaleta got 793 votes, while he received 957.

The change means the Human Rights Protection Party, HRPP, and the Faatuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi, FAST, are again tied on 25 seats, with independent candidate, Tuala Tevaga Iosefo Ponifasio, holding one seat as the potential king-maker.

The Samoa Electoral Commission show votes being tallied during the general election in the capital city of Apia

The Samoa Electoral Commission show votes being tallied during the general election in the capital city of Apia Photo: AFP or licensors

The HRPP Leader and caretaker Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said on TV1 Samoa Saturday night that they plan to take legal action against FAST, alleging that it had blatantly violated election laws.

Final results not decided

“The final results of the 2021 general election have not been decided,” according to the Electoral Commission.

It warned, on social media, that any comments by media or others about the election are purely speculative.

Official counting begins on Monday.

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