Woman challenges Olo for Salega seat

A female candidate from the village of Vaipua will be challenging outspoken Independent Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai, for the Salega II seat in the 2021 General Election. 

The Assistant Chief Executive Officer of Health Protection and Enforcement in the Ministry of Health, Mae’e Ualesi Silva, will contest the seat under the Human Rights Protection Party (H.R.P.P.). 

At the H.R.P.P. Petesa headquarter on Tuesday, Mae’e was accompanied by villagers of Vaipua to register her name for the ruling political party during its candidates registration. 

Having worked in the health sector for 37 years, the mother of five feels now is her time to explore the political arena once her contract expires in October this year. 

“I see in the villages that there are areas that could be improved in health and education,” said the 58-year-old.

“I believe that these two areas are crucial in the foundation of any country and their development. 

“A healthy nation and educated people can lift the economy of a country.” 

Mae’e said she decided to run under the H.R.P.P. banner because she believes that the political party has done a lot for the country in terms of development. 

The seat of Salega II has been occupied by Opposition M.Ps for the two consecutive terms and Mae’e hopes that Vaipua can win it back under the H.R.P.P. flag. 

villagers from Puapua supporting Mae'e Ualesi Silva at the H.R.P.P. candidates registration on Tuesday

The A.C.E.O. is only a handful of female candidates who have publicly declared their candidacy for the 2021 General Election.  

Her word of encouragement to women is that they can achieve great things and have an important role to play in the society. 

Furthermore, she said that women have a vital role to address issues such as domestic violence and violence against women. 

Mae’e attended Vaipua Secondary School and continued her education at the Vaipouli College and Levaula College. 

“Looking back at the life we grew up in it wasn’t an easy one,” she said. 

“My family depended on selling cocoa and coconut to fund our education. 

“After I went to Vaipouli and Levaula I had to find work and I had later gone overseas for more studies.” 

Looking back to her journey to where she is now, Mae’e said she is retiring and believes that whoever wins from the pool of candidates contesting the same seat will be the will of God.

The electoral constituency of Salega II consists of the villages of Fogasavai'i, Sagone and Vaipua. 

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