F.A.S.T. says restricting term of P.M. a priority

Fa'atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi [F.A.S.T.] political party has unveiled its manifesto with the Prime Minister’s term in office being restricted to two-terms on the top of its priority list, if it gets into power after the 2021 General Election.

The Ministry of Revenue’s tax policy targeting Church Ministers has also made it to the new party’s priority list with the F.A.S.T. vowing to abolish the taxation policy, as well as “review” the Electoral Act and three bills that the Government is sponsoring to change the structure of the judiciary. 

The party’s vision and political manifesto was distributed as part of a media statement to the local media Thursday afternoon [local time], a few hours after the F.A.S.T. was formally registered as Samoa’s seventh political party with the Office of the Electoral Commissioner.

Other priority areas include the recognition overseas-based Samoans’ “major contribution” to the country’s; the decentralising of selected services to come under the management of village councils; and push for more transparency and efficiency in the management of public-owned assets under the Government’s care.

Providing more detail on one of its priority areas, the party stated that limiting the term of a Prime Minister to two terms will ensure good governance and avoid the abuse of power and entrenched corruption.

Eleven representatives from "recognized traditional constituencies of Samoa" were present when the party registered on Thursday. 

"F.A.S.T. Party was registered today by representatives of the 11 recognized traditional constituencies of Samoa; six of the Puleono representing Savai’i and three representing Tumua from Upolu, and representatives of Aiga ile Tai and Vaa o Fonoti," the statement reads. 

"In today’s registration, the traditional seats of Tumua were represented by: Fesola’i Tusiupu Tuigamala, Fata Meafou, Laumatiamanu Mathew Purcell. Auapaau Mulipola Alofitafua for Aiga ile Tai and Feutagaimealelei Osovale Brown for Vaa o Fonoti. Representing Puleono in Savaii were Laaulialemalietoa Polataivao Fosi, Va’aaoao Salu Alofipō, Lagaaia Siaki, Fepulea’i Faasavalu Faimata, Olo Vaoga Leilua and Mulipola Anarosa Ale Molio’o.”

As for the party logo, the media statement explained that it represents the oval Samoan fale with 11 posts representing the 11 traditional seats of the Samoan constituencies, the Samoan flag with the Southern Cross.

The statement also stated that F.A.S.T. "wants to make Samoa a place where every Samoan citizen has equal opportunities in economic growth, have strong public services to support every Samoan, to value and recognise Samoan culture and customs, to have public confidence in Samoan healthcare, and every Samoan to enjoy a free, peaceful and safe country."

The objectives of the party is to elect competent men and women to Parliament, through Samoan culturally acceptable democratic elections to give effect to the party’s vision and to represent the people effectively in Parliament.

"To place competent men and women in key Government positions to ensure strong public services to support every Samoan citizen,” the media statement added. 

"To promote and protect the freedoms, welfare and security of all Samoan citizens, including the Samoan culture and customs. To build and sustain an economy which can attract and retain intelligence, skills and efforts of all Samoan citizens.

"To actively practice and promote principles of accountability within Government, Judiciary and Parliament to the people of Samoa. To stamp out any unacceptable practice of corruption in Government, Judiciary and Parliament."

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