06 January 2021, Samoa. The Fa’atuatua i Le Atua Samoa ua Tasi, FAST political party has started 2021 by forging ahead with its election campaign strategy; with a national roadshow that aims to cover every constituency of the upcoming 9th April general election.
Their first roadshow stop (Tuesday 5th Jan) was at Aleipata Itupa i Lalo where FAST is fielding one candidate, Tauiliili Kolose Fruean who is up against incumbent Tafua Maluelue Tafua, and Fiugalu Eteuati Eteuati.
Hundreds packed into the Amaile Catholic Church Hall to hear presentations by FAST President and senior members promoting party positions on various issues.
Speaking to Samoa Global News FAST Party Leader, La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Polataivao Schmidt says he thanked God for making this initiative possible and acknowledged the overwhelming support of the people of Aleipata Itupa i Lalo on their first roadshow.
“All glory goes back to Father God for without his guidance and presence none of this would be happening to our party,” La’aulialemalietoa said.
“I would also like to thank all the people of Aleipata Itupa i Lalo Constituency for their support on our first roadshow today (Tuesday 5th Jan)”.
The FAST Party has prepared a video announcing all candidates in a format that lays out the map of Samoa, with images of respective FAST ‘crew’ for each constituency. The video entitled, “Le Auva’a” has been widely shared on social media giving voters a clear idea of the FAST candidates in their constituency.
The roadshow continued this morning at the Maluafou College Hall, covering the Consitutency of Vaimauga 4, where FAST is also fielding one candidate – lawyer and former District Court Judge, Faualo Tauiliili Harry Schuster. Fau. alo is challenging the seat of Samoa’s Minister for Justice and Court Administration (MJCA) Honorable Faaolesa Katopau Ainuu.
Two other candidates for Vaimauga 4 include former NUS Deputy Registrar Maugaoalii Faamanu Tuiletufuga Ropati Mualia, and Vaea Ivana Eli.
Thursday 7th January will see Samoa’s newest political party host two sessions; spending the morning at the Taelefaga EFKS hall to speak with Vaa o Fonoti constituency, and then back to the EFKS Maagiagi hall to cover Vaimauga 3.
FAST is fielding two candidates at Vaa o Fonoti – former Polynesian Airlines General Manger and senior member of the Samoa Institute of Accountants (SIA), Fauo’o Fatu Tielu, and Afioga Logo Pelenatino Lavata’i. There are five candidates registered for Vaa o Fonoti – the other three being Mau’u Siaosi Puepuemai, Valaau Togia Maalaeulu, and female candidate Leuluama Vaai Faaee.
The popular and long-serving Registrar of the Supreme Court, Ve’atauia Faatasi Puleiata will be challenging Samoa’s Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Honorable Tapunuu Papalii Niko Lee Hang. The third candidate for Vaimauga 3 is Afioga Feagaimalii Bruce Toomalatai Utaileuo.
Leatinuu Wayne Fong will then host Friday’s session focusing on Faleata 2, where he is the only FAST candidate running against 2 HRPP members Ulugia Elon Betham and Ulugia Matau Matafeo Siatiu.
The first week of FAST roadshows ends on Saturday with a morning session at Sataoa Primary School for Safata 1 constituency, where FAST is fielding long-serving former Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister, Honorable Afemata Palusalue Faapo. Afemata is up against incumbent MP Afioga Leaana Ronnie Posini and a third candidate, Tafafunai Aialii Anapu.
FAST communications officers say the schedule for next week’s roadshows in Upolu, and then later for Savaii, will be soon be released for the information of the public.