Parliament to convene today


Parliament will convene this morning to swear in new FAST Members of Parliament, Mau’u Siaosi Pu’epu’emai, Va’a-o-Fonoti,  Tuu’u Anasi’i Leota of Siumu and Ale Vena Ale. 

They recently won their constituencies seat through by-elections last month, which leads to FAST continuous domination of 35 seats in Parliament.

Last month the Head of State, le Afioga Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II issued the warrant confirming the three FAST candidates as Members of Parliament. The decree was officiated on 18 September 2023.

As reported earlier, all FAST candidates won all three seats during by-elections for the constituencies of Siumu, Faleata 4, and Vaa o Fonoti.

The by-elections were triggered when Ale Vena Ale, Tuuu Anasi’i Leota and Mau’u Siaosi Pu’epu’emai resigned from the opposition Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) last November due to internal matters and then they resigned from Parliament. Later they were endorsed as the official FAST candidates.

For Faleata No.4 Ale Vena Ale  867 votes, while, Ulu Bismarck Crawley garnered 396 ballots; Vaa o Fonoti: Mau’u Siaosi Pu’epu’emai 737; Leausa Dr. Take Naseri  201; Feutagaiimealelei O. S. Brown 32; Siumu, Tu’u’u Anasi’i Leota 599, Tu’u’u Amaramo Sialaoa 184, Faalogo Kapeli Faalogo Lafaele received 505.