7 July 2020 7pm, Updated 7 July 2020 10pm. The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and head of Samoa’s National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) – Ulu Bismarck Crawley registered today as a confirmed candidate of the ruling Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) for Faleata No.4
The new electoral constituency Faleata No.4 divides out the villages of Saina, Toamua and Puipaa from what used to be, Faleata West.
Speaking to the media outside the HRPP registration office at Petesa Hall in Mulinuu, Ulu says he sought God for his decision to run in the upcoming general elections set for Friday 9th April 2021.
Ulu says opportunity and timing were important, adding that it is a good thing to take up opportunities when they are presented.
“O avanoa maua o se mea sili ona taua, ae afai lava o le taimi lenei e tatau ona fa’aaoga ai lea avanoa e tautua ai mo le itumalo, e tatau loa ona fai; auā fai mai le upu, a e iloa le mea lelei e tatau ona fai ae lē faia, o le fa’atalale le igoa o le mea lena,”
Ulu competed in the 2016 general elections for Faleata West, losing by a margin of 134 votes to Associate Minister of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi. Recent boundary resets has divided off the villages of Saina, Toamua and Puipaa Ulu to become Faleata No.4.
Asked about his roles and responsibilities as CEO given that he recently renewed his contract two months ago, Ulu says the opportunity has presented itself, and it could be another platform to continue to serve the country.
Asked about initiatives he has in mind for the constituency, Ulu says there are many areas of development within the village and district that need to be addressed. He added that one of the main reasons he is competing for a seat in Parliament, is to be able to see some of those improvements be implemented.
“E tele vaega o loo fia faaleleia o le itumalo, lea ua tatau ai ma onomea ona ou tauva mo le faigapalota”.
Another potential candidate for this seat, who had also competed in the 2016 general election, is Ale Vena Ale of Toamua