Sovaleni’s supporters show their power as Democratic Party releases party list

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Members of PTOA while meeting with constituents of Tongatapu 9

The supporters of sacked Deputy Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni fielded a long parade of vehicles and marchers in Nuku’alofa today as his rival, Prime Minster ‘Akilisi Pōhiva,  released his party list to the public.

Today’s parade, which was joined by hundreds of people, was videoed and shared online, with Sovaleni’s supporters bragging about the number and saying this was a message from Tongatapu 3.

The showcase came about a week after the Democratic Party, which is also known as the Paati Temokālati ‘a e ‘Otu Motu Anga’ofa (PTOA), became deadlocked after it first released its party list in Kele’a newspaper‘s Monday issue without listing a candidate to stand for Tongatapu 3.

On Tuesday the Party finally announced that the director of Radio FM 87.5 Katalina Tohi would stand as its candidate for the constituency.

Hon. Pōhiva has named 16 candidates he said supported him to form the next government after the general election in November.

Six of them including Tohi were new candidates nominated to stand for the party for the Niua 17, Vava’u 15, ‘Eua 11, Ha’apai 12 and Tongatapu 5.

The rest of its candidates are current ministers and MPs.

The supporters of sacked Deputy Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni fielded a long parade of vehicles and marchers in Nuku’alofa today

Campaign

Hon. Pōhiva began leading strong campaign on Monday at Hahake and Vaheloto districts in support of the party’s candidates at the electorates.

Photos uploaded to Facebook showed meetings with Tatakamotonga and Ha’ateiho constituents.

The Tongatapu 3 parliamentary seat was won by the party in 2010 when former MP Dr Sitiveni Halapua was the candidate, but lost it to Sovaleni who stood as an independent candidate in the following general election.

Sovaleni supported Hon. Pōhiva after the election and while he stood for premiership and became his Deputy Prime Minister after Hon. Pōhiva was elected Prime Minister.

Two other popular candidates who stood from the electorate were Dr Halapua and Real Tonga CEO Tēvita Palu, who became second to Sovaleni in the last general election.

Dr Halapua returned to the political arena after he quit in the 2014 general election.

A total of 86 candidates from across the political spectrum will contest the election on November 16.

This compares with 105 in 2014.

The PTOA Party list

  1. ‘Akilisi Pōhiva
  2. Sēmisi Lafu Sika
  3. Katalina Tohi
  4. Māteni Tapueluelu
  5. Losaline Mā’asi
  6. Poasi Mataele Tei
  7. Sione Vuna Fā’otusia
  8. Sēmisi Fakahau
  9. Penisimani Fifita
  10. Pōhiva Tu’i’onetoa
  11. Sūnia Havea
  12. Mo’ale Fīnau
  13. Veivosa Taka
  14. Saia Piukala
  15. Tomifā Paea
  16. ‘Akosita Lavulavu
  17. Vātau Mefi Hui

The main points

  • The supporters of sacked Deputy Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni fielded a long parade of vehicles and marchers in Nuku’alofa today as his rival, Prime Minster ‘Akilisi Pohiva, released his party list to the public.
  • The showcase came three days after the Democratic Party became deadlocked after it first released its party list without listing a candidate to stand for Tongatapu 3.
  • On Wednesday the Party finally announced that the director of Radio FM 87.5 Katalina Tohi would stand as its candidate for the constituency.
  • Four other new candidates have been nominated to stand for the party for the Niuas, Vava’u 15, ‘Eua and Tongatapu 5.

For more information

86 candidates to line up for Tonga election

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  1. Na’e tokotu’utu’u ‘e he kau poupou ‘o e Tokoni Palēmia ne fakamālōloo’i Siaosi Sovaleni ha fakatē lahi ko ha lolonga ‘o ha ngaahi me’alele mo ha kau laka ‘i loto Nuku’alofa he ‘aho ni taimi tatau kuo tuku ange mai ‘e hono hoa tau fakapolitikale ‘Eiki Palēmia ‘Akilisi Pōhiva ‘a e lisi ‘ene pāti ki he kakai.

    Na’e vitioo’i pea tufaki he ngaluope ‘a e fakatee ni ‘a ia ne kau atu ki ai ha lau teau mo ha pole foki ne tuku mai ‘e he kau poupou ‘o Sovaleni ‘o pehē ko e fekau ‘eni mei Tongatapu 3.

    Ko e hū mai ‘eni ‘a e faka’ali’ali ni hili ia ha ‘aho ‘e tolu e tautungaki ‘a e Paati Temokalati ‘a ia ‘oku ‘iloa ko e Paati Temokalati ‘a e ‘Otu Motu Anga’ofa hili ‘enau tuku ange mai ‘i he Kele’a ‘o e uike ni e kotoa ‘enau kau kanititeiti ‘ikai ha taha ke tu’u mei Tongatapu 3.

    Ka ne toki ‘ilolahia ia ‘i he Tūsite ‘a hono fakapapau’i ko e talēkita ‘o e Letiō 87.5 Katalina Tohi ‘e fakafofonga ma’a e paati ‘i Tongatapu 3.

    Ko e toko 16 kotoa ‘eni kuo fili ‘e Pōhiva ‘o pehē te nau poupou’i ia ‘i hono fa’u ‘a e pule’anga ka hoko hili ‘a e fili lahi ‘i Nōvema.

    Ko e kau kaniteiti ‘e ono fo’ou kuo fokotu’u ‘e he paati kau ai ‘a Tohi ke nau fakafofonga mai mei Niua 17, Vava’u 15, Ha’apai 12, ‘Eua 11 mo Tongatapu 5.

    Ko e toenga leva ‘o e mēmipa paati ko ee ko e kau minisitā lolotonga ia ‘i he pule’anga mo Mēmipa Fale Alea.
    Kemipeini

    Na’e kamata hano taki’i mai ‘e ‘Onapolo Pōhiva ha kemipeini fefeka ‘i he Mōnite ‘i vahe Hahake mo Vaheloto ke poupou ki he kau kanititeiti ‘a e paati ‘i he ngaahi vāhenga fili ni.

    Ne ‘i ai ai ha ngaahi ‘ata ne tuku hake ki he Feisipuka ‘o e ngaahi fakataha mo e kāinga fili ‘o Tatakamotonga mo Ha’ateiho.

    Na’e ikuna foki ‘e he paati ‘a Tongatapu 3 ‘i he fili ‘o e 2010 taimi ia ne kanititeiti ai mei ai ‘a Dr Sitiveni Halapua, ka ne mole sea he fili hoko kia Sovaleni ‘a ia ne hoko ia ko e kanititeiti tau’atāina.

    Na’e poupou’i ‘e Sovaleni ‘a Pōhiva hili e fili pea lolotonga ‘ene kanititeiti ki he fili palemia pea ne hoko ai ko e tokoni palemia hili hono ikuna ‘e Pohiva ‘a e Palemia.

    ‘Oku ‘i ai mo e toko ua ko e ongo kanititeiti manakoa ia mei Tongatapu 3 ‘a ia ko Dr Sitīveni Halapua mo e CEO ‘a e Real Tonga ko Tēvita Palu ‘a ia ko ia ne fika ua kia Sovaleni ‘i he fili ne toki ‘osi.

    Ko e toe foki mai ‘eni ‘a Halapua ki he mala’e politiki hili ia ha’ane mālōlō ‘ikai kau he fili ‘o e 2014.

    Kuo ‘i ai ha kau kanititeiti ‘e toko 86 te nau fe’auhi ‘i he fili ‘i he ‘aho 16 Nōvema fakafehoanaki ‘eni ki he toko 105 ‘i he 2014.

    Ko e toko 86 kotoa ‘a e kau kanititeiti ki he fili.

    Ko e lisi ‘a e PTOA
    1. ‘Akilisi Pohiva
    2. Semisi Lafu Sika
    3. Katalina Tohi
    4. Mateni Tapueluelu
    5. Losaline Ma’asi
    6. Poasi Tei
    7. Sione Vuna Fa’otusia
    8. Semisi Fakahau
    9. Penisimani Fifita
    10. Dr. Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa
    11. Sunia Havea
    12. Mo’ale Finau
    13. Veivosa Taka
    14. Dr. Saia Piukala
    15. Tomifa Paea
    16. Akosita Lavulavu
    17. Vatau Mefi Hui