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Election

Tongatapu voters replace seven MPs

Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Tongatapu voters have replaced seven of their ten incumbent MPs, retaining only three in today’s General Election. One of the incumbents did not restand.

No women were successful in taking Tongatapu seats, although Vika Fusimalohi came very close being 51 votes behind the leader in TBU 9.

In the whole of Tongatapu ‘Aisake Valu Eke was the highest polling candidate with 1621 votes, while ‘Akilisi Pohiva polled 1422 votes (53.54% of 2656 votes cast), compared to his 1657 (62.5%) in the 2010 election. New MP Pohiva Tu’ionetoa polled 1369.

The results announced by the Electoral Commissioner shortly before 8:00pm were:

Tongatapu 1 Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva 1422 (returned)

Tongatapu 2 Semisi Kioa Lafu Sika 1050 (returned)

Tongatapu 3 Siaosi ‘Ofakivahafolau Sovaleni 975 (new)

Tongatapu 4 Mateni Tapueluelu 761 (new)

Tongatapu 5 ‘Aisake Valu Eke 1621 (returned)

Tongatapu 6 Poasi Mataele Tei 1010 (new)

Tongatapu 7 Sione Vuna Fa’otusia 796 (new)

Tongatapu 8 Semisi Fakahau 991 (new)

Tongatapu 9 Penisimani ‘Epenisa Fifita 648 (new)

Tongatapu 10 Pohiva Tu’ionetoa 1369 (new)

Incumbents who have lost their seats are :

TBU 4 ‘Isileli Pulu

TBU 6 Siosifa Tu’itupou Tu’utafaiva,polling in third place

TBU 7 Sione Sangster Saulala

TBU 8 Sione Havea Tainone, polling in third place,

TBU 9 Falisi Tupou, polling in third place

TBU 10 Semisi Palu ‘Ifoni Tapueluelu, polling in third place

In Tongatapu 3, where Sitiveni Halapua did not restand for election, William Clive Edwards with 503 votes failed to take the seat and came in third place behind Tevita Palu 688.

Full tables of official results from all polling stations will be available after the outer islands results come in later this evening, according to the Electoral Commission.

Final Results for 10 Tongatapu Candidates

Tongatapu 1

  1. ‘Ilisapesi Tau’akitangata Seli Baker – 191
  2. William Cocker – 437
  3. Soloni Lutui – 7
  4. Mosese Teu-ki-Veiuto Manuofetoa  - 325
  5. ‘Emeline ‘Uheina Tuita – 71
  6. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva – 1422
  7. ‘Ana Kanume Bing Fonua – 129
  8. ‘Eliesa Fifita – 74

Tongatapu 2

  1. Semisi Kioa Lafu Sika – 1050
  2. Soane Patita Vakataufefine Fifita – 180
  3. Tevita Kaitu’u Fotu – 424
  4. Sione Tu’itavake Fonua – 526

Tongatapu 3

  1. William Clive Edwards – 503
  2. Gabriella Renne Blake ‘Ilolahia – 107
  3. Siaosi ‘Ofakivahafolau Sovaleni - 975
  4. Mesuilame Simote Vea – 440
  5. Paula Lavulo – 13
  6. Tevita Palu – 688
  7. Mele Teusivi ‘Amanaki – 142

Tongatapu 4

  1. Poli Tuaileva – 93
  2. ‘Etuate ‘Eniti Sakalia – 160
  3. Felise ‘Ulupano – 37
  4. ‘Etika Koka – 481
  5. Tominiko Setefano Folaumoetuita Kama – 4
  6. Tevita ‘Ita Koloamatangi – 51
  7. Mateni Tapueluelu – 761
  8. Seketi Fo’ou Fuko – 237
  9. ‘Isileli Pulu – 541

Tongatapu 5

  1. Lia Manatu Fa’oa – 71
  2. ‘Aisake Valu Eke – 1621
  3. Viliami Kini Tukia Mangisi – 41
  4. Maliu Takai – 1076

Tongatapu 6

  1. Sione Tatafu Angakehe Tafuna – 316
  2. Siosifa Tu’itupou Tu’utafaiva – 589
  3. Salesi Finau Hu’ia Fotu – 890
  4. Poasi Mataele Tei – 1010

Tongatapu 7

  1. ‘Amanaki Paea Molitika – 31
  2. Sione Sangster Saulala – 741
  3. Pinomi Prescott – 40
  4. ‘Atalasa Misilemoti Pouvalu – 94
  5. Sione Vuna Fa’otusia – 796
  6. Siosifa Filini Sikuea – 28
  7. Mavaetangi Manavahetau – 197
  8. Sipola Fakaanga Havili Halafihi - 660

Tongatapu 8

  1. Semisi Fakahau – 991
  2. Mafile’o Mataele – 32
  3. Tevita Tu’i Uata – 880
  4. P. Sione Havea Taione – 645
  5. Sipaisi Kutu – 12

Tongatapu 9

  1. 1. Samipeni Uaine Finau - 194
  2. 3. Vika Fusimalohi – 597
  3. 4. Tevita Tupu ‘Ofa – 496
  4. 5. Lemasingo Tania Nai – 84
  5. 6. Penisimani ‘Epenisa Fifita – 648
  6. 7. Falisi Tupou – 542

Tongatapu 10

  1. Seini Teu - 45
  2. Daniel Kimball Fale - 438
  3. Semisi Palu ‘Ifoni Tapueluelu – 283
  4. Pohiva Tu‘i‘onetoa – 1369
  5. Faka’osilea Kaufusi – 826

Comments

It is unfortunate that none of the female candidates made it. One important matter discussed in the last parliament session was a "quota" of the seats to be allocated to women. The main resistance to the idea in the House was "why should women be specially treated"? It was argued, that the winning chances equally depend on the campaign strengths for everyone, male or female. Personally, I am supportive of the "quota" idea for this reason:- Women need the "quota" to Disprove the Presumption that they are weak & dependent on their men to make decisions for them, too emotional to make rational decisions, traditionally inferior to men when it comes to decision making etc etc. The "allocated seats for women" will technically balance out the odds against women and put women on "a level playing field " to compete with men. At the moment, without the allocated seats, women will never be on par with men in the Tongan peoples' perception no matter how well they campaign.... TU'ANAKI