The Free Weslyan Church, the largest Methodist denomination in Tonga today June 26 has in its 90th conference re-elected President Rev. Dr ‘Ahio as president for the years 2013 – 2014 with 326 votes.
Dr Tevita Koloa’ia Havea became second with 31 votes. The other candidates who ran for the presidency were Rev Dr Mohenoa Puloka and Rev Meleana Puloka who has 2 votes each.
Dr Tevita Kolo’ia Havea was re-elected as Secretary General with 328 votes while Rev Dr Jiotame Havea got 8 votes, Rev Mohenoa Puloka 8 votes and Rev ‘Alifeleti ‘Atiola has 4 votes. Other candidates that stood for secretary position were Rev`d Falematapule Lomu 4 votes, Rev`d Mele`ana Puloka 3 votes, Rev`d Heneli Taliai Niumeitolu 2 votes, Rev`d Tevita Haukinima ,Rev`d Sela T Manu , Rev`d T M `Ofahulu has 1 vote respectively.
According to the history of the church, the President is usually re-elected almost unanimously each year until the person dies or turns 70, which is the retirement age for church ministers. The General Secretary usually takes over as President when the President retires.