There are still thousands of votes to be cast on the official polling day of April 9th however, Samoa has closed off pre-polling with big leads from four candidates.
FAST representative Leatinuu Faumuina Wayne So’oialo holds the biggest margin after 4 days of pre-polling, with 80 votes ahead of the second placed candidate.
Leatinu’u is the incumbent MP runnung in the newly named Faleata 2 constituency with two other HRPP members; Ulugia Elon Betham who is 80 votes behind him and Ulugia Matau Matafeo Siatiu now 155 votes behind.
Leatinu’u has secured a total of 184 votes, the highest number of pre-polling votes of any candidate.
The second largest gap is held by HRPP Whip Alaiasa Moefaauo Malagaitutogiai Sepulona Moananu for the Anoamaa 1 Constituency in Upolu. This is an interesting race between the HRPP party Whip and former Minister for Customs and Revenue, Tialavea Tusa Leniu Tionisio Hunt.
Both former HRPP MPs of the XVI Parliament are vying for the Anoamaa 1 seat, and as of the close of pre-polling, Alaiasa Moefaauo sits at 137 votes to Tialavea’s 61 – a gap of 76.
Tialavea was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Samoa at the 2011 Samoa General Election and was appointed the Associate Minister of Finance and Associate Minister of Police and Prisons. After the 2016 elections Tialavea returned to become the Minister for Customs and Revenue.
Tapunuu Papalii Niko Lee Hang from Vaimauga 3 is leading by 50 votes against FAST rep Veatauia Faatasi Puleiata, a former Registrar of the Supreme Court.
Former Minister of Education Loau Solamalemalo Keneti Sio holds the 4th largest margin at the close of pre-polling, ahead of his FAST opponent Papalii Tavita Moala by 46 votes.
Booths will open for the official polling day for Samoa’s 2021 General Elections at 8am, Friday 9th April 2021.
God Bless Samoa’s 2021 General Elections.