ONE NEW FACE IN TONGA GENERAL ELECTIONS
Niua elects newcomer to Tonga politics
NUKU΄ALOFA, Tonga (Radio Tonga News, April 28, 2008) - The General Elections has seen the re-election of most of the People’s Representatives and three new members of Parliament.
The three are No.1 People’s Representative from Vava’u - ‘Etuate Lavulavu with 2,116 votes, No.2 People’s Representative with 2,116 votes, from Ha’apai Teisina Fuko with 1,404 votes, and the People’s Representative from the Niua’s Sione Feingatau ‘Iloa with 476 votes.
This is the first time for Sione Feingatau ‘Iloa as a Parlimentarian, coming in as the people’s representative from the two most northern Tongan islands. Lavulavu and Fuko have both had terms as members of parliament in past elections.
The three people’s representatives that were not re-elected and were replaced by the three new members included Vili Kaufusi (former No.2 people’s representative from Vava’u), ‘Osai Latu (former No.2 people’s representative from Ha’apai) and Lepolo Taunisila (former people’s representative from the two Niuas).
From Vava’u, Samiu Vaipulu was re-elected and takes the No.2 people’s representatives spot with 1,896 votes. From ‘Eua, Sunia Fili was re-elected with 861 votes, and from Ha’apai ‘Uliti Uata remained as the No.1 people’s representatives with 2,555 votes. This year’s general elections - widely dubbed as the key elections leading up to the political reform process of 2010 - also saw the re-election of the three key people’s representatives of Tongatapu - No.1 ‘Akilisi Pohiva with a landslide of 11,290 votes, No.2 ‘Isileli Pulu with 7,480 votes, and No.3 Clive Edwards with 4,083 votes.
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