The supporters of sacked Deputy Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni fielded a long parade of vehicles and marchers in Nukuâalofa today as his rival, Prime Minster âAkilisi PÅhiva, Â released his party list to the public.
Todayâs parade, which was joined by hundreds of people, was videoed and shared online, with Sovaleniâs 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 TemokÄlati âa e âOtu Motu Angaâofa (PTOA), became deadlocked after it first released its party list in Keleâa newspaperâs 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. PÅhiva 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, Vavaâu 15, âEua 11, Ha’apai 12 and Tongatapu 5.
The rest of its candidates are current ministers and MPs.
Hon. PÅhiva began leading strong campaign on Monday at Hahake and Vaheloto districts in support of the partyâs candidates at the electorates.
Photos uploaded to Facebook showed meetings with Tatakamotonga and Haâateiho 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. PÅhiva after the election and while he stood for premiership and became his Deputy Prime Minister after Hon. PÅhiva was elected Prime Minister.
Two other popular candidates who stood from the electorate were Dr Halapua and Real Tonga CEO TÄvita 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
- âAkilisi PÅhiva
- SÄmisi Lafu Sika
- Katalina Tohi
- MÄteni Tapueluelu
- Losaline MÄâasi
- Poasi Mataele Tei
- Sione Vuna FÄâotusia
- SÄmisi Fakahau
- Penisimani Fifita
- PÅhiva Tuâiâonetoa
- SÅ«nia Havea
- Moâale FÄ«nau
- Veivosa Taka
- Saia Piukala
- TomifÄ Paea
- ‘Akosita Lavulavu
- VÄtau Mefi Hui
The main points
- The supporters of sacked Deputy Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni fielded a long parade of vehicles and marchers in Nukuâalofa today as his rival, Prime Minster âAkilisi 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, Vavaâu 15, âEua and Tongatapu 5.
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