Minister of Revenue to contest election from new seat

The Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, will contest the general election from a different constituency following new electorate divisions.

Tialavea is currently the Member of Parliament for Va’a o Fonoti. He announced in Parliament last week that he will be contesting for the Anoama’a East seat in the April 2021 election. 

The move will pit him against the incumbent M.P. for the seat and Human Rights Protection Party Whip, Alai’asa Sepulona Moananu. 

In Parliament, Tialavea said his family has insisted that he continues to contest under his Tialavea title from the village of Faleapuna. 

Under the new Electoral Constituencies Act 2019, the village of Falepuna now falls in the boundaries of Anoama’a East. 

Tialavea who has been the M.P. for Va’a Fonoti for two parliamentary terms said that the difficulty of the situation had been prompted by the amendments to the Electoral Constituencies Act. 

He acknowledged the Va’a Fonoti seat and his village of Faleapuna for their ongoing support over the nearly 10 years for which he had represented the seat in Parliament. 

And he welcomed the new constituency he will compete in next year. 

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