Dream comes true for Namulauulu Sami Leota

The man who will be the new Member of Parliament for Fa’asaleleaga No. 2, if the unofficial results stand, Namulau’ulu Papali’i Leota Sami Leota, could not be happier.

With the unofficial result from seven voting booths giving him 1,160 votes, more than 500 votes ahead of second place, Namulau’ulu tells the Samoa Observer the result is a “dream come true.”

“I have always wanted to be a politician,” he said outside his extended family’s residence in Sapapali’i.

“I am happy with the confidence my constituency has in me and it’s evident, through their vote. After losing in the last election, to win in the middle of this Parliament term, is quite fulfilling.”

Namualuulu lost to the late Pa’u Sefo Pau during the 2016 General Election, the man he would now replace at the Maota Fono.

The unofficial result from seven voting booths gives Namualuulu 1,160 votes. This does not include the mobile booths in Apia and other parts of Savai'i that have yet to be counted.

His opponents, Maileimalo Eneliko Pa’u, the independent candidate, has 634 votes, Papali’i L’io Masepa’u 532 votes and Samoa First Party candidate, Lema’i Faioso Sione, has 14 votes.

Electoral Commissioner, Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio, said the final and official count would be held on Saturday at the Don Bosco Hall, which is being used as the headquarters for the Office of the Electoral Commissioner.

Namulauulu remains confident and he is already planning ahead. He wants to serve his constituents the best he can.

“The next move is to prioritize the needs of the constituency in terms of infrastructure, health care, water issue etc, as we are not the only district that are vying for the government attention on what is needed in the villages,” he said.

There are five villages within the district, including Sapapali’i, Fogapoa, Fusi Satofulafai, Tapueleele and Fatausi.

“Throughout the whole campaign, I was confident that God’s favor was upon me and I had faith and I am humbled to have won the hearts of my people.

“I have been serving our people in the village, church and especially my extended family. The work done in the past has come to fruition and I am thankful.”

Married to Maria Simone Waterson Nee, they have two children. Namulauulu has been the General Manager of Federal Pacific Insurance for the past 19 years, looking after Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands and Timor Leste.

Namualauulu serves as the President of the Parent Teacher Association in Fogapoa and also serves as a silent member with the Komiti Tumama o Tina in the village.

The 51-year-old spoke of the strong ties he has with the people of his extended families.

“Today I tried not to be emotional, but I just couldn’t hold the tears of joy, all the work put into assuring that we succeed.”

He thanked his Namulauulu family from Safotulafai, Papali’i from Sapapali’i and Leota family in Fogapoa.

During the by-election, Faimalo told the Samoa Observer that Fa'asaleleaga No. 2 constituency became the first constituency to implement the new amendment to the electoral laws, requiring voters to return to their constituencies to cast their votes.

“The new laws was made to counter the concerns raised by members of the public, mainly in Savai’i and the rural areas the results counted at the booths does not match the results counted during the official counting,” Faimalo said.

“This was from the Electoral Commission of Inquiry held in Savaii. We saw a number of people coming to Savaii to cast their votes.”

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