APIA: THURSDAY 16 JANUARY 2014: Two seats in the Council of Deputies stand vacant and who to fill them has been discussed by the ruling Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) recently.
The two vacancies were created since the passing of Faumuina Anapapa and the elevation of Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi to the position of Head of State.
Talamua understands Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi wants the two seats occupied by a member from Savai’i Island and one from Upolu Island.
The names of an Opposition Member of Parliament from Savai’i and a Minister of Cabinet were mentioned in the most recent discussion of the matter, HRPP sources said.
One of the candidates commented briefly on the condition his name not be mentioned in public.
He said if he was chosen and felt it was a calling from God, then he was more than happy to serve Samoa as a Council member.
According to the Constitution all three seats on the Council must be occupied.
Talamua was told the matter was previously discussed by the HRPP caucus with several names including that of former judges and MPs mentioned.
However nothing further happened.
Once caucus approves candidates then it is up to Cabinet to endorse them and the appointments are announced in Parliament by the Prime Minister and the Head of State is informed.
Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi 11 is currently the sole member of the Council of Deputies.