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Samoa First reveals election plan in Savai'i

The Samoa First Political Party has vowed to get the Parliament to repeal the Land Titles Registration Act 2008 if it wins the 2021 General Election.

The abolishing of the law was among a number of key policies that form the party’s official election manifesto, which were unveiled at the Nighthawk nightclub at Salelologa, Savai'i last week.

The event marking the official launching of the party’s manifesto as well as candidates was well attended by families and supporters of the party.

The Samoa First Political Party leader, Feagaimaalii Toomalatai, said the party has endorsed a total of 10 candidates to run in the general election next April.

Making reference to the Land Titles Registration Act 2008 and the intentions of the party, he said they believe Article 102 and 109 are against the spirit of Samoa’s constitution.

Other priority areas include debt, putting families and the needs of the people first, education, health, human rights and equality, culture, arts and crafts.

Environmental challenges including climate change are also an important area for the party, according to the party head. 

Taxation laws including the introduction of taxation policies against church ministers and the Head of State are also on the radar for the party.

As part of wider efforts to set up a corruption-free Government, the party also proposes setting up an Advisory Council comprising chiefs and orators, who will advise the Head of State, the Prime Minister and the Cabinet.

There is also a focus on sports and culture with Feagaimaalii indicating that they will encourage the children of Samoa to pursue their love for sports and excel. 

Speaking on the foundation of the party, he added that the push to establish the party was born out of the need to build opposition to the Land Titles Registration Act 2008, which the Samoa Solidarity Group [SSIG] has been doing in recent years. 

"Our main objective is to protect what belongs to us, our lands. We want to abolish any law that affects our lands, human rights, and culture."

The party leader also claimed that the Land Titles Registration Act 2008 and the three bills currently before the Parliament – the Constitution Amendment Bill 2020; the Land and Titles Bill 2020; and the Judicature Bill 2020 – are proposing what he described as “monumental changes” to Samoa’s court system and the Land and Titles Court.

The Samoa First Political Party was registered in July 2018 and has endorsed the following candidates to run in the 2021 General Election.

The party-endorsed candidates are as follows: To'i Ilalio Ioane [Faleata No.3.]; Lealailepule Viliamu [Faleata No.2.]; Vaotu'ua Michael Toevai [Sagaga No.2.]; Talo Fa'alilimalo M. Leiataua [Aiga ile Tai]; Leulua'i Joseph Brown [Anoama'a No.2.]; Mata'utia Mulama [Salega No.2.]; Fualau Fatu Fala Ioane [Salega No.1.]; Feagaimaalii Toomalatai [Vaimauga No.3.]; Maumaalii Faitotoa Isaia [Palauli No.2.] and Momoemausu Keti Simalu [Alataua Sisifo].

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