Candidate says L.T.C. laws should make people vote differently

By Vaelei Von Dincklage 22 December 2020, 1:00PM

A candidate for next year's General Election believes the nation is ready to vote for a change of Government.

Tapua'i Etuale Vui, who is contesting the Salega East seat currently held by Olo Fiti Vaai, is running for the Tautua Samoa Party. 

Speaking the Samoa Observer, he said the ruling Human Rights Protection Party (H.R.P.P.) has had their chance to run the country but it is time for another party to have a go. 

"I have a vision of a new Government," he said.

 "It's time for a change. It's the Tautua Party and Faatuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi's (FAST) turn."

Tapuai acknowledged that the H.R.P.P. has done a lot but after more than 30 years in power, it is time for them to move on.

The decision by the H.R.P.P.-dominated Parliament to push on with the passing of three new laws that threaten the Judiciary and bring changes to the Constitution is another reason why the 59-year-old says it's time to change.

"To my constituency of Salega 2, let me remind you that our constituency handed in our submission to reject the bills but it has still been passed by the Government," he said, adding that Parliament does not respect the wishes of the constituencies.

The candidate also called for a limit in the term of a Prime Minister, saying this is what they are proposing to do.

Their party, he said, is also looking at raising the pension to $300 tala monthly.

"We will break it down like $150 tala fortnightly, they'll be just like the employees. We are also looking at a $100 tala bonus for everyone with special needs.  And last but not the least, for medicare, everyone should be eligible for it, they will be checked for free and the $10 tala fee will be no more."

As for his district of Salega, he believes he has their support.

"The roads for Sagone Tai needs to be fixed because it is used by two schools, Sagone Primary school, and Savaii Sisifo College. 

"I want to develop a learning center for tutorials for classes year 8, year 12, and year 13 for Savaii Sisifo College."

Farming is also on his agenda. 

"I want to challenge the Government to pay the bonus for the farmers in order to push the cocoa and coconut market. We must search for overseas markets to sell our taro, yams, and Salega's ava."

He is also looking at a Police station at Sagone since it's the center for Salega and Palauli Sisifo. 

By Vaelei Von Dincklage 22 December 2020, 1:00PM

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