Fiame nominates as an independent
Former Deputy Prime Minister and M.P. for Lotofaga, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, today nominated for the election but won't reveal details about her candidacy, including whether she will run as an independent or party candidate.
The Human Rights Protection Party veteran, first elected to Parliament in 1985, recently became an independent M.P. after publicly objecting to three bills proposing to amend the constitution and a complete overhaul of the Land and Titles Court (L.T.C.).
Fiame submitted her nomination with the Electoral Office early this afternoon at the N.P.F. plaza and was flanked by Fa'atuatua ile Atua Samoa ua Tasi (F.A.S.T.) supporters and candidates as she did so.
But she refused to reveal the details of her registration, including which party she had nominated for, a secret until the end of the week.
Asked if she registered under the F.A.S.T. political party, Fiame said it will be made known by Friday when candidates nomination close.
The Electoral Commissioner, Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio, said he cannot disclose if the former Minister registered as an independent or under a political party.
Faimalo said when nominations close on Friday a complete list of candidates and their party affiliations will be publicised.