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Tokelau’s provisional election results have been confirmed with only three members who retained their seats in the Council of the Ongoing Government for 2014-2017.
Foua Toloa from Fakaofo is the only Faipule from the previous term to be elected again with two new Faipule. Sio Perez will serve his inaugeral term as the Faipule for Nukunonu, and Kuresa Nasau who will serve again as the Faipule for Atafu. Kuresa Nasau has been Atafu’s Faipule for almost two decade since being elected 1983 until missing out on the seat in the 2011 election.
The Pulenuku (village chief) from Nukunonu and Atafu, Panapa Sakaria and Faafetai Taumanu, were elected again for another term with Mose Pelasio winning his his first term as the Pulenuku of Fakaofo. Three Taupulega (council of the elders) representatives were elected for Atafu and two for Nukunonu, with Fakaofo still yet to confirm its final representatives.
Two new representatives for the Aumaga/Taulelea (mens group) were elected with Tanu Filo from Atafu and Mateo Pelenato from Nukunonu. Fofo Tuisano of Fakaofo was re-elected for another term the Taulelea representative.
All Fatupaepae (womens group) representatives were elected for the first time. Malia Pue will represent Fakaofo, Saili Peau will represent Atafu, and Lepeka Amato will represent Nukunonu.
The confirmed provisional results will be made official after each village Taupulega has held a meeting to approve the elected candidates. The new Council will allocate ministerial portfolios when it first sits.
All 20 members will be inaugurated into the General Fono (national parliament) towards the end of February.
SOURCE: TALAMUA ONLINE/PACNEWS
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