Samoa First Party leader nominates, nominations reach 186
A total of 186 candidates have so far registered for the 2021 General Election as the countdown begins to the closing of nomination at 12pm on Friday.
Data released by the Office of the Electoral Commission after 5pm Thursday show the ruling Human Rights Protection Party [H.R.P.P.] maintaining its lead with 107 candidate nominations, followed by the Fa’atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi [F.A.S.T.] party with 50, Tautua Samoa 14, Independent candidates 12, Samoa First Political Party 2, and one for the Sovereign Independent Samoa.
Women candidates who have nominated for the general election next April now total 20.
The Samoa First Party registered two candidates on Thursday, one of them the party leader, Feagaimaalii Toomalatai Bruce who is running for the Vaimauga No.3 constituency.
He will be up against the Minister of Works Transport and Infrastructure, Papalii Niko Lee Hang.
According to Feagaimaalii, his Samoa First Political Party has registered three candidates including himself. But the O.E.C. stated that their records show only two representing the party have registered.
He added that more party-endorsed candidates are expected to register by the close of nominations on Friday, though getting hold of health records and nominators’ certificate of chiefly titles from the courts continues to be a hurdle faced by the party.
Customary land challenges as well as education and health challenges are key concerns for Feagaimaalii, who said he wants to get into the Parliament to address these issues.
"We aim to repeal the L.T.R.A. 2008 that's our main issue at the moment," he said.
"But our main concern is to repeal the L.T.R.A. 2008 [law] because that particular regulation about the lands is more of our concern at the moment," he added.
Feagaimaalii is married with four children and is 68 years old.
He has worked in various sectors for most of his life and currently is a consultant by trade.
It will be his first time running for a seat in the Parliament and is confident of his chances.
"I came prepared for the game,” he emphasised.
The Samoa First Political Party was officially launched in February by interim leader at the time, Unasa Iuni Sapolu.