Former Independent Member of Parliament and vocal opposition to the government, Olo Fiti Vaai has officially registered for the upcoming general election as a member of FAST – Faatuatua i Le Atua Samoa ua Tasi.
FAST has proudly announced their candidacy for Salega East on their facebook page this afternoon with a post, “Welcome to the FAST family!”
Olo is up against longtime public servant for the Ministry of Health Mae’e Ualesi Falefa Silva, a female candidate for HRPP.
Olo started this Parliamentary term in 2016 as an Independent MP having opted to not join the Tautua Party where he had been a member from 2011-2016.
Olo was a member of the Parliamentary Finance and Expenditure Committee but was removed in May 2019 following his constant public questioning of government spending and budgetary decisions.
Olo was very vocal with regards to funds allocated to the Tanumalala Prison; built by the construction firm of the Minister of Revenue’s brother.
Candidates for the April 2021 elections can register between 13 – 23 October 2020 as announced by the Office of the Electoral Commissioner (OEC).
The OEC launched the processing of candidate registrations in Savaii this week with a special set-up at the Don Bosco Hall.
Electoral Commissioner Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio says they are in Savaii for the first three days of the nomination period to recieve nominations from candidates in Savaii.
The trip across has proven successful with 34 candidates registered in the first 2 days.
“So far 34 candidates’ nominations have been accepted,” confirmed the Electoral Commissioner.
“15 HRPP, 16 FAST, 1 Tautua, 1 Independent. Six women candidates”.
“We will then be in Upolu on Friday morning, right up to Friday 23rd for Upolu candidates and any other candidates from Savaii that may decide to register in Upolu”, says the Commissioner.