Tautua reveals General Election line up
The Tautua Samoa Party has revealed their candidates for the General Election.
The party formally introduced their 15 member line up on Friday at their Matautu headquarters.
President of Tautua Samoa, Afualo Dr. Wood Salele, said it is their hope for their candidates to qualify to occupy the seats in Parliament at the 2021 General Election.
From the 15 candidates, 14 of them have had their nominations approved by the Electoral Commissioner. One is heading to Court to challenge his rejection. Su’a Sam Su’a, who lodged an application to contest from the Aleipata Itupa I Lalo constituency, had his nomination denied for his monotaga.
The candidates include two women, Fiso Taranaki Mailei for Palauli 3 seat and Su’a Vivian Betham Leota-Suatele for Fa’asaleleaga 2 constituency.
In naming the candidates, Afualo acknowledged their supporters and the prayers from the country.
He said the candidate flying the Tautua Samoa banner have made the sacrifice to dedicate their lives to serve the country.
The President also thanked the current government for their work in the past years and acknowledged the leaders of the other political parties.
The party will be catching the ferry to Savai’i next week to launch their candidacy list on the big island on Thursday next week.
Candidates from Tautua Samoa range from former public servants, those that work in the private sector and business people.
Tu'ula Kiliri Tuitui is the man who has been unsuccessfully challenging the seat of Lepa in previous elections going up against Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi.
Afualo is the only former Member of Parliament that is captaining the boat for Tautua Samoa to contest from the Salega 1 seat.
Those that have contested in previous elections include Vaea Ivana Eli running for Vaimauga 4, Fiso Taranaki Mailei for Palauli 3 and Leota Suatele Manusegi Tufele of Safata 2.
The upcoming election will be a milestone for couple Leota Suatele and his wife Su'a Vivian Betham for Fa'asaleleaga 2 as they take on their political journey to contest seats in parliament.
The list of candidates are as follow:
Tamaleta Taimang Jensen for Vaimauga 2, Vaea Ivana Eli for Vaimauga 4, Lealasopo Leuii Vaitagutu for Faleata 4, Faletutulu Ameti Faletutulu for Aana Alofi 2, Tamanana Afamasaga Uelese Tasolo for Aana Alofi 4, Leota Suatele Manusegi Tufele for Safata 2, Pinofoaga Poaneki Ieremia Epati for Falealili 1, Tu'ula Kiliri Tuitui for Lepa, Sua Sam Sua for Aleipata Itupa i Lalo, Su'a Vivian Betham Leota Suatele for Fa'asaleleaga 2, Lavea Peseta Lua Nafoi for Gagaifomauga 1, Afualo Luagalau Wood Salele for Salega 1, Tapuai Etuale Vui for Salega 2, Tupai Seinafolava Avala Savaiinaea for Palauli 1 and Fiso Taranaki Mailei for Palauli 3.