Tautua Samoa welcomes snap election
The announcement by the Head of State, His Highness Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II for a 21 May snap election has given the Tautua Samoa Party hope for another chance to get into the Parliament.
The Tautua Samoa Party had confirmed 14 candidates for the 9 April election. However, they are yet to announce how many candidates they will have for the snap election.
Tautua leader, Afualo Dr. Wood Salele did not respond to phone calls by the Samoa Observer seeking his comment. This newspaper also visited the Tautua Samoa headquarters at Matautu on Thursday only to find it closed.
But a statement posted on the party’s official Facebook page says, “even if Tautua don't have the number, but voting for them makes a huge [difference] for our Government.”
Tautua urged voters to choose them as they are independent of the Fa'atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (F.A.S.T.) party and the Human Rights Protection Party (H.R.P.P.).
The party's statement also acknowledged God and said that their fans or voters “have the opportunity to re-elect our Government".
“You have voted for F.A.S.T. and H.R.P.P. before and resulted in court cases and a tie," the statement read. “All we ask now is to give a chance and vote for the Tautua Party candidates.
“Their strategies [are] not aggressive and unique as there is no H.R.P.P. member involved.”
Tautua said that for voters, it was ultimately not about supporting a winning or losing candidate but “it’s all for the love of Samoa and the prevention of corruption for this re-election."
Tautua was the last recognised opposition party that sat in the XV 2011–2016 Parliament.
The Tautua Samoa Party has filed two petitions against election opponents in the Faatuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (F.A.S.T.) party.
One is by the party leader Afualo, who has challenged the victory of Fepuleai Faasavalu Sua in the Salega No. 1 seat and the other was filed by Tupai Avala Savaiinaea against Mulipola Anarosa Molioo in the Palauli No. 1 seat.