Candidate list for Niue General Election released

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At the close of nominations at midday Friday, 25 nomination forms for the 14 village seats and 17 candidates competing for the six common roll seats had been received.

Broadcasting Corporation of Niue reports the Premier Dalton Tagelagi has been elected unopposed along with four other incumbents.

Several new MPs will be elected to parliament with several sitting members having already announced they will not contest the election.

The election will be held on 29 April.

Candidate list

Village seats:

Alofi South – Dalton Emani Tagelagi

Alofi North – Tutuli Heka, Alan Tano Puleoti, Stanley Fredrick Tafafu

Makefu – Tioneatali Kemusiaki Lolani, Tofua Puletama

Tuapa – Esa Sharon Mona Ainuu

Namukulu – Silipea Sione

Hikutavake -Ian Hipa, Masiniholo Lagaloga, Opili Talafai

Toi – Dion Paki Taufitu

Mutalau – Makaseau Ioane, Florence Maureen Melekitama

Lakepa – Shield Palahetogia, Rhonda Linaone Tiakia

Liku – Sionetasi Pulehetoa, Logopati Seumanu

Hakupu – Richie Mautama

Vaiea – Talaititama Talaiti

Avatele – Ketiligi Saniteli Fereti, Hetututama Speedo Hetutu, Pita Poimamao Vakanofiti

Tamakautonga – Peter Andrew Funaki, Ricky Muimuiaki Makani

Common Roll seats

For the Common Roll seats, there are 17 candidates, 10 men and 7 women. Nine are new names to the ballot, three incumbents are seeking re-election, three former ministers who want to try again, and a former New Zealand High Commissioner to Niue.

Fapoi Akesi

Mark Herbert Blumsky

Terry Donald Coe

Emani Haile Fakaotimanava-Lui

Julie Sophai Funaki-Talagi

Sinahemana Hekau

O’love Tauveve Jacobsen

Ettie Lotomaanu Pasene-Mizziebo

Fisa Igilise Pihigia

Victoria Posimani-Kalauni

Togia Likalika Sioneholo

Billy Graham Talagi

Sonya Talagi

Crossley Tatui

Charles Tohovaka

Birtha Richmond Tongahai

Tamuta Utalo

The candidates have until Thursday 20 April to decide if they wish to withdraw their candidacy. If candidates withdraw they will be reimbursed their $200 nomination fee.

SOURCE: RNZ PACIFIC/PACNEWS