Election chief signs off on Chamber Council nominees

By Adel Fruean 07 August 2020, 4:37PM

The Samoa Chamber of Commerce has closed the call for nominations for its Executive Council, with the Commissioner of the Electoral Office, Faimalo Mathew Lemisio, signing off on the nominees.

According to a statement, the nominations closed last Wednesday. The Chamber's Annual General Meeting where the election is held has been scheduled for next week, Tuesday 11 August 2020.

“The nominations were checked and signed off on Wednesday 5th August at 4.40pm by the Electoral Commissioner, Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio,” reads the statement.

It also added that the election process strictly followed the Samoa Chamber of Commerce Constitution, and no late nominations were accepted by the Secretariat.

In accordance with the Samoa Chamber of Commerce constitution, the nominations received at the closing time of 4pm filled all the constitutional roles in the Executive Council and as a result, there will be no election as was scheduled for next week Tuesday 11th August 2020.

The Samoa Chamber of Commerce's present Executive Council is made up of: Jennifer Marion Ula-Fruean (President), Bank of South Pacific Co. Ltd; Seulupe Michelle Macdonald (Vice President), BAT Co. Ltd; Shorley Mariner (Secretary), OSM Investments; and Asiata Alex Brunt (Treasurer), Ah Liki Investments Co. Ltd.

The council members include: Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai (elected council member), Samoa Stationery and Books Ltd; Tom Hogarth (elected Council member), Transam Samoa Co. Ltd; Pitovaomanaia Mayday Cai (elected Council member), Frankie’s Company Ltd; Funefeai Oliva Vaai (Women in Business Development Inc. Representative); Tupa’i Saleimoa Vaai (Samoa Hotels Association); and Letaa Taunese Tuiletufuga Purvis (Business of Salafai Association).

The past presidents include: Tuiloma Sina Retzlaff; Va'atuitui Apete Meredith; and Tuala Pat Leota.

The Chamber of Commerce also bid farewell to Tuiaopo Andrew Ah Liki and Tupa'i Klaus Stunzner from its council and welcomes on board Pitovaomanaia Mayday Cai as an executive member and Vaatuitui Apete Meredith to the role of past president.

The Chamber’s Annual Report 2019 will be distributed to all members and stakeholders next week. 

By Adel Fruean 07 August 2020, 4:37PM

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