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Nomination of candidates contesting Tuvalu’s national elections on 19 March, closed last week.
Fenui News reports the two seats from the island of Nukufetau, currently held by the caretaker Prime Minister, Enele Sosene Sopoaga and caretaker minister for Natural Resources, Elisala Pita, have not been contested.
The running candidates for Vaitupu include former Prime Minister, Apisai Ielemia, caretaker Minister for Foreign Affair, Taukelina Finikaso and new candidates Melton Paka Tauetia, Foliaki Paolo and Muau Monise.
In the capital, Funafuti, former Speaker of Parliament, Sir Kamuta Latasi and sitting MP, Kausea Natano will be up against two new candidates Kalepou Tili and Pugameau Naseli Kaituumana.
Caretaker Minister of Finance, Maatia Toafa was nominated from the Nanumea Electoral District with Member to Parliament, Satini Tulaga Manuela and three new candidates David Manuvasa Manuella, Hilia Vavae and Kata Pulusi.
Two candidates are contesting the one seat for Nukulaelae Electoral District. They are caretaker Minister of Home Affairs and Rural Development, Namoliki Nemia Sualiki and former police Commissioner Motulu Jack Pedro.
The Nanumaga electoral district nominated three candidates - current Speaker of Parliament, Otinielu Tauteleimale Tausi, caretaker Minister for Communications and Transport, Monise Laafai and retired public servant Lutelu Faavae.
The Electoral commission is yet to receive names of confirmed candidates from the Nui Electoral District due to problems with communication lines.
The Electoral district of Niutao has a total of six candidates which include the current caretaker Deputy Prime Minister, Vete Sakaio, caretaker Minister of Education, Fauoa Maani and former politicians, Samuelu Penitala Teo, Tavau Teii, Sir Tomu Sione and Iopu I Kaisala.
SOURCE: FENUI NEWS/PACNEWS
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