Tumua ma Puleono political party registered

Strong opposition to three pieces of legislation before Parliament to overhaul the Land and Titles Court (L.T.C.) spurred the creation of a new political party: Tumua ma Puleono. 

The party was registered with the Electoral Office on Monday.

Tumua ma Puleono is the sixth active political party for the 2021 General Elections. 

The three bills which have recently generated opposition nationwide are the Constitution Amendment Bill 2020, Judicature Bill 2020 and Land and Titles Court Bill 2020. 

The Secretary and spokesman for the newly formed party, John Peterson, said discussions on forming the new party had been held for several months. 

But he said it wasn’t until the three proposed amendments were introduced that the members of the party knew it was time to spring into action. 

“Our main purpose of going into the Electoral Office today is to secure the name of the party,” said Mr. Peterson of Lalovaea. 

“We are going through the process of electing our executives and manifesto which will be made known in the near future. 

“The party name is one that tries to revive the respect and honour held by those in Tumua ma Pule and to retain that respect for our people, which we feel no longer exists…” 

Furthermore, the spokesman said the party also advocates for untitled men and women in the community and young people who will be affected by the proposed changes to the L.T.C. but who cannot enter Parliament to voice their opposition. 

Mr. Peterson said while they respect the matai (chiefly) system there is a greater need to engage members of the community affected by Government decisions. 

“Lets put it this way: those that formulated and said yes to these three bills are our own matai representatives inside Parliament,” he said. 

“And we feel that it’s disappointing that those matai representing us in Parliament might be great at oratory roles but their decisions are also costing us a lot. 

“So we hope to review certain things to recognise the contribution [of] those who are not matai (chiefs). We need to move with [the times]…”

The party also voiced their strong opposition to what it said was a communal ethic behind the three bills, which they argue would undermine the value of individual rights. 

Mr. Peterson said they will reveal the names of people involved in the party due time. 

He said that they have sought support from elderly and well-informed leaders in villages. 

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