Apia, Samoa, 30 July 2020
[FAST representatives who registered the party today. (Seated Left-Right) Fepuleai Faasavalu Faimata, Auapaau Mulipola Alofitafua, Mulipola Anarosa Ale Molio’o, Laaulialemalietoa Polataivao Fosi, Laumatiamanu Mathew Purcell, Lagaaia Siaki. Standing: Feutagaimealelei Osovale Brown, Olo Vaoga Leilua, Fata Meafou, Fesola’i Tusiupu Tuigamala, Faumuina Laneselota Polu. ]
A new political party, FA’ATUATUA I LE ATUA SAMOA UA TASI, abbreviated FAST was officially registered at the Electoral Office this afternoon.
The Party is advancing National Unity for Change in the April 2021 general elections.
The Party’s Vision and Objectives are based on Christian values and Samoan culture to restore and nurture family values and unity as the core of achieving social cohesion and a healthy and sustainable economic and national development.
The party name, translated National Unity in God and its abbreviation FAST, subscribes to the spiritual disciplines of prayers and fasting for the nation and FAST is also synonymous with change, movement, action, speed and progress.
Significantly, the FAST Party was registered today by representatives of the 11 recognized traditional constituencies of Samoa; 6 of the Puleono representing Savaii and 3 representing Tumua from Upolu, and representatives of Aiga ile Tai and Vaa o Fonoti.
The Party was registered by the Electoral Commissioner, Faimalōmatumua Mathew Lemisio who warmly welcomed the Party representatives saying FAST is the seventh political party to have been registered in the lead up to the 2021 general elections.
In today’s registration, the traditional seats of Tumua were represented by: Fesola’i Tusiupu Tuigamala, Fata Meafou, Laumatiamanu Mathew Purcell. Auapaau Mulipola Alofitafua for Aiga ile Tai and Feutagaimealelei Osovale Brown for Vaa o Fonoti.
Representing Puleono in Savaii were Laaulialemalietoa Polataivao Fosi, Va’aaoao Salu Alofipō, Lagaaia Siaki, Fepulea’i Faasavalu Faimata, Olo Vaoga Leilua and Mulipola Anarosa Ale Molio’o.
The Party’s Logo is represented by the oval Samoan fale with 11 posts representing the 11 traditional seats of the Samoan constituencies, the Samoan flag with the Southern Cross.
The FAST Party Vision and Principles are summarized: “Our Family, Our People, Our Nation, Our Culture and Christian Values, is our collective Responsibility.”
The Party is fielding candidates in all the 50 constituencies for the 2021 general elections. The official website for FAST is www.fastparty.ws which as all information about the Party such as its Constitution, Vision, Principles and Values and Election Platform and candidates for the general elections.
Some of the issues FAST hopes to change if it becomes the Government include:
Limiting the term of the PM to only two terms to ensure good governance and avoid the abuse of power and entrenched corruption;
Abolishing the taxation of church ministers;
Review the current 3 controversial Bills;
Review Electoral Act to address identified anomalies;
Recognize the major contribution of overseas based Samoans to the country’s development;
Decentralising selected services to Village Councils management;
More transparent and efficient management of public owned assets under the Government’s care.
FAST representatives with the Electoral Commissioner. (L-R) Fepulea’i Fa’asavalu Faimata, Auapaau Mulipola Alofitafua, Laumatiamanu Mathew Purcell, Faimalōmatumua Mathew Lemisio, Laaulialemalietoa Polataivao Fosi, Va’aaoao Salu Alofipo, Lagaaia Siaki, Feutagaimealelei Osovale Brown, Fata Meafou & Fesola’i Tusiupu Tuigamala.
FAST wants to make Samoa a place where every Samoan citizen has equal opportunities in economic growth, have strong public services to support every Samoan, to value and recognise Samoan culture and customs, to have public confidence in Samoan healthcare, and every Samoan to enjoy a free, peaceful and safe country. FAST OBJECTIVES
(a) To elect competent men and women to Parliament through Samoan culturally acceptable democratic elections to give effect to the Vision of the party and to represent the people effectively in Parliament;
(b) To place competent men and women in key Government positions to ensure strong public services to support every Samoan citizen;
(c) To promote and protect the freedoms, welfare and security of all Samoan citizens, including the Samoan culture and customs;
(d) To build and sustain an economy which can attract and retain intelligence, skills and efforts of all Samoan citizens;
(e) To actively practice and promote principles of accountability within Government, Judiciary and Parliament to the people of Samoa; and
(f) To stamp out any acceptable practice of corruption in Government, Judiciary and Parliament.
The principles of our party are based on our belief in the democratic processes and that those in Government and in Parliament and in the Judiciary are there for no other reason than to serve the people of this country. Therefore our principles that we have based this party on are:
(a) All political authority come from the people of Samoa by democratic means, including regular and free elections;
(b) All assets and resources under the Government control or authority belong to the people of Samoa, and should be managed for the benefit of all, including future generations;
(c) All Samoan citizens are entitled to dignity, self-respect and free practice of their customs and culture;
(d) All Samoan citizens are entitled to the protection of their human rights recognised in the Constitution of Samoa, and
(e) All branches of Government must always act with the understanding that they must account any actions to the people of Samoa.