TALIAOA PITA WINS, SAMOA OBSERVER PUBLISHER SAVEA LOSES BY-ELECTION BY 14

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APIA, Samoa (November 3, 2001 - Samoa News/PINA Nius Online)---Samoa Observer publisher Savea Sano Malifa lost his bid for a place in Samoa's Parliament by just 14 votes, despite local predictions that he would win.

In the by election for the Sagaga le Usoga seat, Taliaoa Pita beat Savea and three other candidates.

Sources told the Samoa News that Savea was considered top choice in the district. But another candidate who came in just before nominations closed took some votes expected to go to Savea, the sources said.

Preliminary results show Taliaoa polled 521 votes compared to Savea's 516 votes. There were 12 special votes and all ballots were recounted before an official count was released.

The final result gave Taliaoa Pita 528 votes compared to Savea's 514 votes.

The seat became vacant after the Samoa Supreme Court found the original winner in the March 2nd general election guilty of bribery.

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