Ruling party candidate registration to resume

The registration of Human Rights Protection Party [H.R.P.P]  candidates for the 2021 General Election will resume on Tuesday.

This was revealed by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi during the 2AP programme last week.

The ruling party’s candidate registration was halted last month. They already have more than a 100 candidates.

Tuilaepa said the foundation of the ruling party’s decision making processes are inspired by Christianity, Samoan customs and traditions as well as democratic ideals.

“We haven’t come to making any final decisions yet. We don’t force people [into our party]. They come on their own with their own will,” he said during the program.

“I know that this one thing which F.A.S.T is campaigning [heavily] on, growing love within the people by giving them these wrongful things.”

The H.R.P.P. has also not endorsed a candidate to contest the Gagaifomauga No3 by-election which is scheduled for the end of the week, added Tuilaepa.

He added that some constituencies only nominated two or three individuals. 

"As already known, this political party does not find it hard to look for candidates, especially when it comes to good candidates," said Tuilaepa.

Asked about the vetting process for candidates, given that some of them have questionable backgrounds, Tuilaepa said the circumstances are different. 

Such a candidate, he said, may have a different take on their specialised roles from the roles they may take up if they get into the Parliament.

Tuilaepa said they often advise the constituencies to only nominate one or two candidates.

"But some argue that they want more nominees," he said and explained that that is the reason behind the party not placing a limit on the number of candidates put forward by their constituencies. 

The Prime Minister acknowledged that some of the registered candidates are currently heads of Government Ministries, and emphasised that they will have to resign from their positions.

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