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Former M.P. Ale runs, could be last time

A former Member of Parliament, Ale Vena, has registered for next year's General Election in what he says could be his last contest.  

Ale is contesting the Faleata No. 4 constituency seat as a candidate for the ruling Human Rights Protection Party (H.R.P.P.). 

The 68-year-old was last in the Legislative Assembly in 2010 courtesy of a by-election win and has been running for elections since 1991.

"I deserve to be elected, that's all I can say," he said, while shedding tears after successfully completing his candidate nomination process.

"It will all be God's decision but I think this will be the last time. If I do succeed, I will serve my constituency and electorate, if I don't, I'll give the chance to somebody else, I will gladly cheer them on."

Ale was surrounded by his family and supporters at the S.N.P.F. Plaza on Wednesday, when he went in to complete his nomination process.

He told the Samoa Observer that he felt more confident this time around.

Ale, who is also a founding member of the Human Rights Protection Party (H.R.P.P.), will be up against the former Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (M.N.R.E.) chief, Ulu Bismarck Crawley, who is running under the H.R.P.P. flag.

The 2021 General Election will mark the first time candidates will run for the Faleata No. 4 constituency which comprises Safune, Saina, Puipaa and Toamua. 

"With all due respect, I feel warm inside with the support of my village and family in Toamua and Saina, my wife and kids," said Ale.

Asked what his plans are for his constituency should he win, Ale pointed to the determination of the exact land boundaries of the villages, continuing the development of the inland roads, and the improvement of education facilities and resources.

Another is to make more spots under the seasonal workers scheme become available for the people of Faleata No. 4 to ensure wealth from seasonal work is also distributed to Toamua and Saina.

Ale is a father to nine children and more than 20 grandchildren and is also a former Public Service Commissioner.

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