(L-R) Former Cabinet Minister Safuneitu’uga Pa’aga Neri; newly elected woman MP for Alataua West Ali’imalemanu Alofa Tu’u’au; the 5th woman Member of Parliament Fa’aulusau Rosa Duffy-Stowers, election candidate Seuoti Sheryl Muagututia.
BY Lagi Keresoma
APIA, SAMOA: FRIDAY 11 MARCH 2016: The first Samoan woman to be elected under the electoral amendment to ensure five women Members in Parliament was confirmed this afternoon as the Gagaifomauga No.3. election candidate Fa’aulusau Rosa Duffy-Stowers.
This was confirmed by the Acting Electoral Commissioner Faimalōmatua Mathew Lemisio after the final list was presented for the Head of States signature at 3.00 this afternoon.
Fa’aulusau competed and lost to former Parliament Speaker, La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Polataivao in last week’s general election by 666-353 votes.
However, under the amendment Electoral Act 2015, 5 seats are allotted for women, and under the process should no woman wins a seat, the unsuccessful 5 highest polling women candidates will be allocated five seats, which will increase the number of Parliament members to 54.
In last weeks’ general election, 3 women successfully secured seats through the polls and Fiamē Naomi Mata’afa was elected unopposed and needed 1 more seat to make up the 5 seats allocated for women in the House.
Fa’aulusau has made history as the first woman to become a Member of Parliament through the requirements of the electoral law and Parliament for the first time, will have 50 seats.
According to Faimalōmatua, both La’aulialemalietoa and Fa’aulusau will be acknowledged equally in Parliament as the Members of Parliament for the Gagaifomauga No.3 constituency.
Election results finalized
Faimalōmatua confirmed that the final count for all the votes in the general election result was finalized last night and will be announced tonight after the Head of States endorsement.
He said there was not much change in the results, except for the constituencies of Falealili West, Faasaleleaga No.1 East and Gagaemauga No.3.
He said the overall work was successfully executed and that only 6 informal votes are still unaccounted for.
“The unaccounted informal votes did not have any impact on the final election result because they were informal votes from the electoral constituency of Faleata West, but the operation of the election was smoothly done,” said Faimalōmatua.
He acknowledged the support and the work done not only by his staff, police, the media and all who supported the operation.