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Supervisor of Elections calls for people to vote and make it count

Nuku’alofa – November 17, 2021: 3.30pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Pita Vuki has two simple message for all 62,253 eligible voters who are going to vote around Tonga from 9am on Thursday, November 18 – go to vote and make it count.

Mr Vuki, who has been the man in the middle of voting in Tonga over the last three general elections and local town elections, says it is critical that people vote.

“And when they go to vote to ensure they vote for the right candidate,” he said.

The total number of registered voters for this election is 62,253.

That is 30,377 male voters (48.80%) and 31,876 (51.20%) female voters.

Supervisor of Elections Pita Vuki speaking at the media workshop on October 18, 2021. Photo: Nuku’alofa Times

From the initial 75 candidates who initially registered two had since been removed – one passed away while another withdrew his candidacy.

Voting will start at 9am and will end at 4pm.

Voting centres have been set up around islands of Tongatapu, ‘Eua, Ha’apai. Vava’u and the two Niua’s.

Mr Vuki said they have worked on taking into account the current COVID-19 restrictions and have made voting easier for everyone by having a larger number of voting centres.

Results should be known by late afternoon tomorrow (November 18) and into the night.

There is hope that final results will be known before 11.30pm.

All campaigns were stopped by 9am this morning, as per Elections Office instructions.

There are expected to be tight fights in key Tongatapu constituencies like Tongatapu 1, Tongatapu 2, Tongatapu 4, Tongatapu 5 and Tongatapu 9.

PM Hon Dr Rev Pohiva Tuionetoa looks set to win his constituency again in Tongatapu 10. Photo: Nuku’alofa Times

Current Members of Parliament like Hon Dr Rev Pohiva Tuioneto’a, Hon Hu’akavameiliku, Hon Poasi Tei, Hon Samiu Vaipulu, Dr Saia Piukala, Semisi Fakahau and Losalini Ma’asi all look set to retain their seats for another four year term.

Hon Huakavameiliku is favourite to win in Tongatapu 3. Photo: Nuku’alofa Times

Once results are know the successful People’s Representatives and Nobles reps will then have about two months to work on who will form government.

The nine Nobles will be the key to forming the next government and whoever is able to secure five other members can form government with the nobles.

Otherwise the next bet would be having 14 members getting together to form government.

Interestingly the Democratic Party (PTOA) split under two factions and both factions have fielded candidates.

Mr Vuki said all Tongans who have the right to vote will have the chance to elect their government tomorrow.

He is hopeful that majority will go and  vote rather than staying away like the last election.

Here are the list of candidates plus all the polling stations:

CANDIDATES FOR 2021 GENERAL ELECTION.

TONGATAPU 1.

  1. ‘Eliesa Fifita – Tufuenga
  2. Tevita Fatafehi Puloka – ‘Isileli
  3. ‘Ikani Loneli Taliai – Kolomotu’a
  4. Sione Keuate Tupouniua – Kolomotu’a
  5. Siaosi Vailahi Pohiva – Hala’ovave

TONGATAPU 2

  1. ‘Uhilamoelangi Fasi – Kolofo’ou
  2. ‘Inoke Fotu Kaseli Kaifahina Pryor Mafile’o – Kolofo’ou
  3. Soane Patita Vakautafefine Fifita – Haveluloto
  4. Sione Tu’itavake Fonua – Kolofo’ou
  5. Semisi Kioa Lafu Sika – Haveluloto

TONGATAPU 3

  1. Siaosi ‘Ofa ki Vahafolau Sovaleni – Ngele’ia
  2. Fisi’ipeau Faiva – Fasi-Moe-Afi-‘a-Tungi
  3. Gabriella Renne Blake ‘Ilolahia – Fasi-Moe-Afi-‘a-Tungi

TONGATAPU 4

  1. Mateni Tapueluelu – Houmakelikao
  2. Tatafu Toma Moeaki – Ma’ufanga
  3. ‘Ilaiasi Lelei ‘Ufi – Popua

TONGATAPU 5

  1. ‘Aisake Valu Eke – Vaotu’u
  2. Maliu Takai – Fo’ui
  3. Losaline Ma’asi – Ha’avakatolo
  4. ‘Akanete Lauti – Te’ekiu

TONGATAPU 6

  1. Poasi Mataele Tei – Hofoa
  2. Fane Fotu Fituafe – Houma

TONGATAPU 7

  1. Taniela Vao – Pea
  2. Paula Piveni Piukala – Ha’ateiho
  3. Sione Sangster Saulala – Tofoa
  4. Feletiliki Teau’imo’unga Fa’otusia – Ha’ateiho
  5. Mele Teusivi ‘Amanaki – Tofoa
  6. ‘Emaloni Tau’akiloto Tongi – Ha’ateiho

TONGATAPU 8

  1. Johnny Grattan Vaea Taione – Vaini
  2. Viliami Sisifa – Vaini
  3. Semisi Tauelangi Fakahau – Folaha
  4. Poasi Fonua – Vaini
  5. John Alan Ramsay – Vaini

TONGATAPU 9

  1. Vika Vaka Fusimalohi – Tatakamotonga
  2. Mapa Tautahi ‘Uhila – ‘Alakifonua
  3. Penisimani ‘Epenisa Fifita – Tatakamotonga
  4. Tevita Tukunga – Fua’amotu
  5. Timote Tu’iono ‘Oliveti Laume – Fua’amotu
  6. Sevenitini Toumo’ua – Haveluliku

TONGATAPU 10

  1. Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa – Makaunga
  2. Kapelieli Militoni Lanumata – Lapaha
  3. Vika Taufa Kaufusi – Navutoka

‘EUA 11

  1. Taniela Liku’ohihifo Fusimalohi – ‘Ohonua
  2. Tevita Lavemaau – Petani
  3. Silivia Loumaile Mahe – Angaha
  4. Tevita Faka’osi – Petani

HA’APAI 12

  1. Vili Manuopangai Faka’osiula Hingano – ‘Uiha
  2. Sione Finau Tapu – Holopeka
  3. Saimone Kapetaua Vuki – Felemea
  4. Mo’ale Finau – Hihifo
  5. Sovaleni Maama-Tataki-‘o e-Fononga-Toafa Fifita – Pangai
  6. ‘Ana Lautaimi Soakai Takai – Pangai

HA’APAI 13

  1. Milika Fifita Ikahihifo – Pukotala
  2. Veivosa Light of Life Taka – Faleloa
  3. Viliami Paumolevuka – Lotofoa
  4. Pita Halapo’ulia Mohetau – Fotua
  5. Taniela ‘Ahokovi Moli – Faleloa

VAVA’U 14

  1. Saia Ma’u Piukala – Pangaimotu
  2. Paula Penisimani Tatafu – Talihau
  3. Loisi Halaliku – Longomapu
  4. Latu Niua Lepolo – Falevai
  5. Tu’amelie Helotu Kemoe’atu – Falevai

VAVA’U 15

  1. Siosiua ‘Umulovo Toki – Neiafu
  2. Katinia Limiteti Taumalolo – Neiafu
  3. Tomifa Fainga’a Paea – Fungamisi
  4. Samiu Kuita Vaipulu – Neiafu
  5. Keuli Pasina Lavaki – Neiafu

VAVA’U 16

  1. Viliami Uasike Latu – Leimatu’a
  2. Silongo’atonga Samani – Ta’anea
  3. Mapa Ha’ano Jr Taumalolo – Holonga
  4. Seli Uatekini Tu’akalau – Ha’alaufuli

ONGO NIUA 17

  1. Vatau Mefi Hui – Falehau
  2. Sosefo Fe’aomoeata Vakata – Vaipoa
  3. Paea-‘I-Vaha Filimoehala – ‘Esia
  4. ‘Aisake Hoatatau Finau – Vaipoa

Polling stations

Tongatapu 1

  1. Kolomotu’a [FWC Hall]
  2. Tongata’eapa [FWC Hall]
  3. Tufuenga [FWC Hall)
  4. Sopu-‘o-Taufa’ahau [FWC Hall)
  5. ‘Isileli [FWC Hall]
  6. Hala’ovave [FWC Hall]
  7. Tu’atakilangi [FWC Hall]
  8. Longolongo [FWC Hall]
  9. Vaololoa [FWC Hall]
  10. Kapeta [FWC Hall]

Tongatapu 2

  1. Kolofo’ou [Anglican Church Hall]
  2. Fanga-‘o-Pilolevu [FWC Hall]
  3. Mailetaha [LDS Hall]
  4. Haveluloto [Town Hall]
  5. Tofoa [Catholic Church Hall]

Tongatapu 3

  1. Kolofo’ou [Mosimani Building – Shop No.2]
  2. Pahu [Pahu & ‘Amaile] [Anglican Church Hall, Pahu]
  3. Fasi-moe-afi-‘a-Tungi [Anglican Church Hall
  4. Ngele’ia [FWC Hall]
  5. Mataika [FWC Hall]
  6. Halaleva [FWC Hall]
  7. Ma’ufanga [Free Church of Tonga Hall]

Tongatapu 4

  1. Ma’ufanga [Catholic Church Hall- St. Joseph]
  2. Houmakelikao [FWC Hall]
  3. ‘Ananā [‘Ananā & ‘Umusī] [FWC Church Hall, ‘Ananā
  4. Fangaloto [Chuch of Tonga Hall]
  5. Popua [Free Church of Tonga Hall]
  6. Pātangata [Pātangata, Tukutonga Pangaimotu][FWC Hall, Pātangata]
  7. Nukunukumotu [Church of Tonga Hall]

Tongatapu 5

  1. Kanokupolu [Town Hall]
  2. Ha’atafu [Free Church of Tonga Hall]
  3. ‘Ahau [Town Hall]
  4. Kolovai [FWC Hall]
  5. Ha’avakatolo [FWC Hall]
  6. Fo’ui [Town Hall]
  7. Te’ekiu [Alaipulotu Hall]
  8. Masilamea [Town Hall]
  9. Nukunuku [FWC Hall]
  10. Matafonua [Misi-kuo-ola Hall]
  11. Matahau [FWC Hall]
  12. Vaotu’u [FWC Hall]
  13. Fahefa [Society Hall]
  14. Kala’au [Fale Hufanga ‘o Talafaiva]
  15. Ha’utu [Society Hall]
  16. ‘Atatā [Town Hall

Tongatapu 6

  1. Hofoa [FWC Hall]
  2. Puke [FWC Hall]
  3. Sia’atoutai [John & Charles Memorial Hall]
  4. Fatai [Mofilini Hall]
  5. Lakepa [FWC Hall]
  6. Matangiake [LDS Hall]
  7. Makapaeo [FWC Hall]
  8. Kahoua [LDS Hall
  9. Liahona [School Hall]
  10. Lomaiviti [FWC Hall]
  11. Houma [Mapu-‘a-Vaea Hall]
  12. Ha’akame [Town Hall]
  13. Ha’alalo [Peauma’a Hall]
  14. ‘Utulau [FWC Hall]

Tongatapu 7

  1. Tofoa [FWC Hall]
  2. Pea [FWC Hall]
  3. Tokomololo [FWC Hall]
  4. Ha’ateiho [FWC Hall]
  5. Lotoha’apai [Church of Tonga Hall]
  6. Tongatapu 8
  7. Vaini [Church of Tonga Hall]
  8. Folaha [Town Hall]
  9. Nukuhetulu [FWC Hall]

Tongatapu 8

  1. Vaini [Church of Tonga Hall]
  2. Folaha [Town Hall]
  3. Nukuhetulu [FWC Hall]
  4. Longoteme & Kauvai [Catholic Church Hall, Longoteme]
  5. Veitongo [FWC Hall]
  6. Malapo [FWC Hall]

Tongatapu 9

  1. Tatakamotonga [Fatu Hall]
  2. Holonga [Catholic Hall]
  3. ‘Alakifonua [LDS Hall]
  4. Pelehake [FWC Hall]
  5. Toloa [School Hall]
  6. Fua’amotu [Hoositea Hall]
  7. Nakolo [LDS Hall]
  8. Ha’asini & Hamula [FWC Hall]
  9. Lavengatonga [FWC Hall]
  10. Fatumu [Town Hall]
  11. Haveluliku [Makatolo ‘a Maui Hall]

Tongatapu 10

  1. Lapaha [FWC Hall]
  2. Hoi [LDS Church Hall]
  3. Talasiu [Salvation Army Hall]
  4. Nukuleka [Town Hall]
  5. Talafo’ou [LDS Church Hall]
  6. Makaunga [Free Church of Tonga Hall]
  7. Navutoka [FWC Hall]
  8. Manuka [Town Hall]
  9. Kolonga [FWC Hall]
  10. Afa [FWC Hall]
  11. Niutoua [FWC Hall]
  12. ‘Eueiki [Town Hall]

For voters from Vava’u, ‘Eua & Ongo Niua who will be in Tongatapu [Kalofiama ‘o Epworth Hall, Tu’i Road, Kolofo’ou] and for voters from Ha’apai, ‘Atatā & ‘Eueiki who will be in Nuku’alofa on election day [Moulton Hall, FWC main Office].

Eua 11

  1. ‘Ohonua [FWC Hall]
  2. Ta’anga [FWC Hall]
  3. Houma [Town Hall]
  4. Kolomaile (Ha’atu’a) [Town Hall]
  5. Angahā [Malau Community Hall]
  6. Pangai [Church of Tonga Hall]
  7. Futu [Town Hall]
  8. ‘Esia [Catholics Church Hall]
  9. Tufuvai [FWC Hall]
  10. Petani [Town Hall]
  11. Tongamama’o [Town Hall]
  12. Mu’a [Town Hall]
  13. Fata’ulua [Town Hall]
  14. Sapa’ata [Town Hall]
  15. Mata’aho [Town Hall]

For voters from Tongatapu, Vava’u, Ha’apai, & Ongo Niua who will be in ‘Eua on election day [Malau Community Hall, Angahā]

Ha’apai 12

  1. Pangai & Navea [Church of Tonga Hall, Pangai]
  2. Ha’ato’u [Catholic Hall – ‘Avila]
  3. Hihifo [FWC Hall]
  4. Koulo [FWC Hall]
  5. Holopeka [Church of Tonga Hall]
  6. ‘Uiha [FWC Hall]
  7. Felemea [Town Hall]
  8. Lofanga [Vai-ko-Tokomea Hall]
  9. Mo’unga’one [FWC Hall]

Ha’apai 13

  1. Nomuka [Town Hall]
  2. Mango [GPS Mango]
  3. Fonoifua [FWC Hall]
  4. Ha’afeva [FWC Hall]
  5. Kotu [Kotu & Tofua] [FWC Hall, Kotu]
  6. Tungua [Church of Tonga Hall]
  7. Fotuha’a [GPS Fotuha’a]
  8. Matuku [GPS Matuku]
  9. O’ua [FWC Hall]
  10. Fakakakai [Church of Tonga Hall]
  11. Pukotala [FWC Hall]
  12. Ha’ano [Town Hall]
  13. Muitoa [Town Hall]
  14. Fotua [FWC Hall]
  15. Fangale’ounga [FWC Hall]
  16. Lotofoa [FWC Hall]
  17. Faleloa [Town Hall]
  18. Ha’afakahenga [LDS Hall, Faleloa]
  19. Ha’ateihosi’i [Free Church of Tonga Hall]
  20. For voters from Tongatapu, Vava’u, ‘Eua & Ongo Niua who will be in Ha’apai, and for voters of the outlying islands of Ha’apai who will be in Lifuka on election day. [Tokaikolo Hall, Pangai]

Vava’u 14

  1. Pangaimotu [FWC Hall]
  2. ‘Utulei [FWC Hall]
  3. ‘Utungake [Town Hall]
  4. Talihau [Town Hall]
  5. Taoa [FWC Hall]
  6. Vaimalo [Melino mo e ‘Ofa Hall]
  7. Tefisi [FWC Hall]
  8. Tu’anuku [FWC Hall]
  9. Longomapu [FWC Hall]
  10. Taunga [Town Hall]
  11. Kapa [Town Hall]
  12. ‘Otea [Town Hall]
  13. Falevai [Town Hall]
  14. Matamaka [Town Hall]
  15. Nuapapu [Town Hall]
  16. Lape [Town Hall]
  17. Ovaka [Town Hall]
  18. Hunga [Town Hall]
  19. ‘Olo’ua [Town Hall]
  20. Ofu [Town Hall]
  21. Okoa [Town Hall]

Vava’u 15

  1. Neiafu [Fakamelino Hall]
  2. Fungamisi [Nasaleti Hall]
  3. Falaleu [Town Hall]
  4. Makave [Town Hall]
  5. Toula [Town Hall]
  6. ‘Utui [Town Hall]

Vava’u 16

  1. Ha’alaufuli [Town Hall]
  2. Ta’anea [FWC Hall]
  3. Ha’akio [Town Hall]
  4. Houma [FWC Hall]
  5. Mangia [Town Hall]
  6. Mataika [FWC Hall]
  7. Feletoa [Town Hall]
  8. Leimatu’a [Sila-ki-Vai Hall]
  9. Tu’anekivale [FWC Hall]
  10. Holonga [Town Hall]
  11. Holeva [Town Hall]
  12. Koloa [Town Hall]

For Voters from Tongatapu, Ha’apai, ‘Eua & Ongo Niua who will be in Vava’u [Mailefihi & Siu’ilikutapu College Hall] and for voters of the outlying islands of Vava’u who will be in Neiafu on election day [Petani – Free Church of Tonga Hall]

Ongo Niua 17

Niuatoputapu:  Hihifo [Sosefo Hall], Vaipoa [FWC Hall], Falehau [FWC Hall], Tafahi [GPS Tafahi]

Niuafo’ou: ‘Esia [Town Hall], Kolofo’ou [Town Hall], Sapa’ata [Town Hall], Fata’ulua [Town Hall], Mata’aho [FWC Hall], Mu’a [FWC Hall], Tongamama’o [FWC Hall], Petani [FWC Hall], Hihifo, Niuatoputapu: [Sosefo Hall]

For voters from Tongatapu, Vava’u, Ha’apai, ‘Eua, Niuafo’ou and Tafahi who will be in Niuatoputapu on election day.

‘Esia, Niuafo’ou: [Government Representative Office]

For voters from Tongatapu, Vava’u, Ha’apai, ‘Eua & Niuatoputapu who will be in Niuafo’ou on election day.

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