Te'o Mauga puts hand up for Falealili seat
Te'o Le U'uvalu Mauga is ready to represent the Falealili No. 1 constituency in Parliament, if his constituents vote him in next year's General Election.
Speaking to the Samoa Observer, the retiree said nothing prompted his desire to stand in the 2021 election other than to serve.
"There are reasons and the first is to use this period in my life to offer assistance to the constituency while I still can," the 60-year-old said.
"And the willingness to improve the condition of the constituency in terms of road works and education. To improve the state of our school buildings."
Escorted by chiefs from his constituency, Te'o registered to run under the flag of the Human Rights Protection Party.
He will be contending alongside Tusa Misi Tupuola, a former Member of Parliament.
The Falealili No. 1 nominee said should he win a seat in Parliament this election, he will be a strong advocate for what is most needed by villagers: the development of the agriculture and fisheries sector for better economic opportunity.
"In the villages of Falealili No. 1, there is an abundance of fishing boats and it is the livelihood of our people, this is why we need to continue to develop in the area," he said.
"It isn't only good for individual families and the village but also for the constituency and Samoa as a whole as there are many who head into Apia to sell their fish and crops."
It will not be the first time Te'o runs for a seat in Parliament, the first was the 2016 General Elections.
"But I feel this is the time the Lord has made for me. Now that I am retired I had enough time to meet with the elders of the village and discuss their needs which is how this came about," he said.
"Many times I was occupied with work but now I've had the time to stay home and plant some taro."
Villages under the Falealili No.1 Constituency include Malaemalu, Matautu, Piu, Poutasi, Saleilua, Sapunaoa, Satalo, Tafatafa and Vaovai.