Savai'i Council of Deputies appeal
The Salega East constituency has appealed to the Fa'atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (F.A.S.T.) to appoint Savai’i’s first member to the Council of Deputies if they form Government.
Hundreds of voters packed the Sagone Methodist Church on Thursday to hear the party's policies as well as election plans and to meet the party’s 50 candidates.
The speeches and the unveiling of the party's manifesto were met with loud cheers and applause by the crowd, especially when the Independent M.P. Olo Fiti Va'i addressed the gathering.
Another election hopeful, Tapua'i Etuale Vui who is contesting under the Tautua Samoa Party banner for the Salega No.2. seat took the floor and commended F.A.S.T. for putting together a manifesto that has depth and prioritises the needs of the country.
Despite going head to head with Olo, Tapua'i said he fully supports his rival and the F.A.S.T. party.
"I've been listening very carefully from the beginning and I have to say that your party has done a marvelous job in putting together this manifesto."
Calling for a trouble and tension-free campaign amongst the candidates, Tapua'i said all candidates should work together as they are “all brothers”.
He then used the occasion to appeal to the F.A.S.T. party leader and its members to consider choosing a Council of Deputy from Savai'i if the party gets into the Government.
Another high chief from the village, Tapua'i Matua, hailed the F.A.S.T. party leader and the three Independent Members leading the party for their courage in standing up for the people.
"It has not been an easy journey and we congratulate you all for choosing to stand up for the rights of the people and the constituencies who voted you in Parliament,” he said.
"I encourage you all to continue to stand up for what's right and to fight for our people. Keep fighting for this country and we wish you all the best in the upcoming election."
Tapua'i believes it is time for a new government and he is hoping the F.A.S.T party would be elected to carry Samoa through into the next parliamentary term.
The F.A.S.T. party is concluding its roadshow in Savai'i after two weeks of consultations in Savai'i in all the different constituencies around the big island.
A youth rally on Saturday marked the finale of the new party’s election roadshow in Savai'i, before they return to Upolu.
La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt has been absent from Parliament for a fortnight leading the party's roadshow in Savai'i. He was later accompanied by Independent Members Olo (Salega East), Fiame Naomi Mata'afa (Lotofaga) and Faumuina Wayne Fong (Urban West).