Tualupe Apelu from Malie and Fasitoo is a 72 year old matai and grandmother who took advantage of the opportunity to pre-poll for the by-elections.
Sharing with Samoa Global News, she called on unity for Samoa in the lead-up to the by-elections on Friday.
“It is so nice and peaceful today,” she says, “thank you for this opportunity for us to cast our votes early”.
“E ese le manaia o lenei aso i le toafimalie. Faafetai mo lenei suiga ia maua ai le avanoa matou te faatino muamua ai matou palota”.
Tualupe calls on everyone eligible and registered to take advantage of pre-pollimg day.
She also called for peace over Samoa especially her constituency of Sagaga 2.
Tualupe quoted from Psalm 133:1, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”
“Faauta, o le mea ina lelei ma matagofie, o uso ae nonofo faatasi..”
Tualupe says it doesn’t matter which candidate is successful, she believes that is the answer from God.
“We should not let politics and elections come between us and create animosity between members of our village, church and family..”
“Pe manuia lau sui pe leai, ia maua a le tatou fealofani. O le palota e faifai uma, ae o le mafutga e tumau pea..”
Tualupe Apelu said not all candidates can win, and it is important to lose honorably and maintain unity.
“Omai e faatino le tatou palota, poo ai lava e te palota ai, ae manumalo pe faiaina foi, o le malolo lava faatamali.”
There are 1,009 registered people across the six Upolu constituencies who registered for pre-polling.