Caretaker Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi has predicted the ruling Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) will win 42 of the 51 seats in the upcoming general elections.
During his weekly programme with TV1 Samoa, Tuilaepa said from their own analysis, many HRPP members will return after the April 9th general elections, and at least 42 seats will be won by HRPP.
“O lea ua matou mautinoa e toatele a matou e toe foi mai i le Palemene. I le matou faitau atu iai, e lē i lalo ifo o le 42 o matou sui tauva e sao mai i le palota 2021.”
A Member of Parliament since May 1981, Tuilaepa says even before elections, HRPP already has 12 confirmed seats.
“That means we only need another 14 to get the majority and return to Government”.
“E 12 le vaega e lei faia le palota ae ua mautinoa o sui na o le HRPP, o lona uiga toe 14 sui maua le Malo.
Tuilaepa reflected back to the 2016 general election where he says he had predicted a winning number of 35.
“I was also asked before the 2016 general election and I predicted 35, which was right..”
“Sa tou fesili mai foi ia te au ao lumanai le palota tele o le 2016 pe toafia sui faipule a le HRPP e sao mai i le palota lea na ou fai atu e 35, ae na sao lelei la’u tala.”
Tuilaepa is confident that HRPP will again win the 2021 general election with 42 seats or more.
“Between 42 and 47” said Samoa’s 6th Prime Minister.
Meanwhile the Faatuatua i Le Atua Samoa ua Tasi FAST party has announced former Deputy Prime Minister Hon Fiame Naomi Mataafa as their leader, to take 27 Upolu and 22 Savaii candidates into the general elections.
FAST party also has a secured seat going into elections, with Fiame being uncontested.
The FAST momentum has greatly shifted the political environment in Samoa in the past several months and voters are talking about the “party vote” which is a first for Samoa – being a one-party State for the past 2 decades with HRPP securing landslide wins in the past 4 elections.
Voters are openly vouching support for candidates running under the banner of the FAST party this time around.
Tautua Samoa has 15 registered candidates, and have not been able to maintain the same momentum as FAST.
Former Tautua MPs are running under the banner of FAST such as Tauiliili Harry Schuster, Afemata Palusalue Faapo II and Toeolesulusulu Cedric Schuster.
Tautua and members of other political parties such as Samoa First have indicated an interest to form a coalition should any of their candidates be successful.