86 candidates registered for the upcoming election
Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 29/09/2017
There’s a slight decrease in the number of registered candidates for the upcoming election compared to 2014.
This year, the Electoral Commission has recorded 86 candidates compared to 105 in 2014. 15 out of the 86 candidates are female.
While announcing the final registered candidates, Pita Vuki the Supervisor of Election revealed Tongatapu constituency 1 has the biggest number of candidates with 11,including Sione Tukia, Mosese Manuofetoa, ‘Eliesa Fifita, Netatua Pelesikoti Taufatofua, Sione Tupounia, ‘Ana Bing Fonua, ‘Akilisi Pohiva, Barry Taukolo, Siale Puloka, Ofo Niumeitolu and Siotame Havea.
Tongatapu 2 has 5 registered candidates namely Fisi’ipeau Faiva, ‘Ema Stephenson, Semisi Sika, Sione Fonua and Soane Fifita.
Tongatapu Constituency 3 has 6 candidates and they are Soane Tonga, Katalina Tohi, Tevita Palu, Sitiveni Halapua, Mele ‘Amanaki pea mo Siaosi Sovaleni.
The 6 candidates for Tongatapu 4 include Poli Tuaileva, Mateni Tapueluelu, ‘isileli Pulu, Litia Simpson, Tevita Motulalo and Seketi Fuko.
‘Ana Koloto, Losaline Ma’asi, Viliami Mangisi, ‘Aisake Eke and Fe’ofa’aki Latu registered from Tongatapu 5 while the 6 registered candidates for Tongatapu 6 are Siosifa Tu’utafaiva, Sione Tafuna, Poasi Tei, Fisi’itotoa Kaufusi and Soane ‘Ahio.
Meanwhile Sione Hufanga, Sione Fa’otusia, ‘Olikoni Tanaki, Mavaetangi Manavahetau, Talanoa Kitekei’aho, Tevita Silatolu and Sione Saulala registered from Tongatapu 7 while Tongatapu 8 has 5 registered candidates with Viliami sisifa, Mosa’ati Vaipulu, Penisimani Teisina and Semisi Fakahau.
Tongatapu constituency 9 registered Penisimani fifita, Timote Laume, Vika Fusimalohi and Siamelie Latu While Tongatapu 10 with 4 candidates include Soane Kautai, Daniel Fale, Loupua Kuli and Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa.
Meanwhile in the Outer Islands, ‘Eua 11 had 6 registered candidates and they are Sunia Fili, Hale Telepo, Silivia Ma’ake, Sunia Havea, Taniela Fusimalohi and Tevita Lavemaau.
From Ha’apai 12, 3 candidates registered and they are Vili Hingano, Finau Uata and Mo’ale Finau while ‘Esafe Latu, Veivosa Taka and ‘Elikisoni Langi Registered under Ha’apai 13 constituency.
The candidates for Vava’u 14 are Mataitini Veikune, Saia Piukala and Latu Lepolo while Vava’u 15 has 6 candidates including Kulufeinga Bloomfield, Tongovua Fifita, Sinali Hansen, Tomifa Paea, Keuli Lavaki, and Samiu Vaipulu.
The four candidates for Vava’u 16 are ‘Akosita Lavulavu, Viliami Latu, ‘Atalasa Pouvalu, ‘Aisea Silivenusi and Viliami Lolohea r.
Lastly from the 2 Niuas, the candidates are Vatau Hui and Sosefo Vakata.
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