F.A.S.T. candidates lead Savai'i nominations
Election candidates flagging the Fa'atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (F.A.S.T.) banner for the 2021 General Election, have led the field on the first day of candidate nomination in the big island of Savai'i.
This was confirmed by the Electoral Commissioner in an interview with the Samoa Observer after day 1 of nomination at the Don Bosco Hall, Salelologa.
According to Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio, a total of 23 candidates from Savai'i have nominated their names for the next year's election.
Among them were 13 from F.A.S.T. political party and 10 from the Human Rights Protection Party (H.R.P.P.)
The Office of the Electoral Commission encountered an "issue" on the first day which Faimalo claims "prolonged" the process of registration.
Therefore, he is urging the candidates who will be registering in the upcoming days to prepare all the papers and documents needed.
"Some of the candidates did not bring all the forms (needed)," he told the Samoa Observer.
"We're urging the other candidates who will be registering in the next couple of weeks to obtain their records from the Immigration to speed up the process.
"If they bring in just their passports, it's really hard to tell the stamps and it prolongs the process, and we had to ask some of the candidates to obtain the records from the Immigration.
" But it would speed up the process and it makes it easier for us to screen the requirements needed."
Faimalo also confirmed that no candidate from the Tautua Party was nominated today.
This is the first time that nomination of candidates is conducted in Savai'i and will continue on for today.
When the floor opened up on Tuesday morning, the first candidate to register was Va'aaoao Salu Alofipo from Saleaula.
He is eyeing the seat of Gagaemauga No.1 constituency, which includes the villages of Samalaeulu, Patamea, Mauga and Saleaula.
Va'aaoao is the Secretary for the F.A.S.T. political party.
"Praise God!" he replied when asked about how he felt after nominating his name for the upcoming election.
"We are so grateful and happy that the first few candidates to register are candidates from the Fa'atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (F.A.S.T.) party.
"It's not something that we are proud of, but we are just grateful to God that we got through this step and everything went smoothly.