FALE ALEA ʻO TONGA
ONGOONGO TUKU ATU
FAKAHIFO (UNSEAT) MEI HE FALE ALEA
Kuo maʻu ʻe he ʻEiki Sea ʻo e Fale Aleá, Lord Fakafanua, ʻi he ʻaho 2 ʻo Mē 2022 ʻa e ongo Tohi Fakamoʻoni ʻa e Fakamaauʻangá ʻo fakahā hono fakataʻeʻaongaʻi ʻi he Fakamaauʻanga Lahí ʻa e fili ʻo e Fakafofonga Fale Alea ʻo Tongatapu 10, Pohiva Tuʻiʻonetoa, kae pehē ki he Fakafofonga Fale Alea ʻo Tongatapu 7, Sione Sangster Saulala, ʻi he fili Fale Alea ne fakahoko ʻi he ʻaho 18 ʻo Novema 2021. Ko e ola eni ʻo e ongo hopo kehekehe ʻa Tuʻiʻonetoa mo Saulala ko e kole tuʻunga ʻi he fili (election petition), ʻi he hia ko e totongi ke fakalotoʻi (bribery).
Makatuʻunga ʻi hono fakataʻeʻaongaʻi ʻe he Fakamaauʻanga Lahí ʻa e fili ʻo e ongo Fakafofongá ni, ʻoku tuʻutuʻuni ʻe he Lao ki he Fili Fale Aleá kuo pau ke fakahifo (unseat) ʻe he Fale Aleá ʻa e ongo Fakafofongá ni mei hona takitaha sea ʻi he Fale Aleá. ʻE fakahoko ʻa e fakahifo ko iá ʻi he fakataha ʻa e Fale Aleá ʻe fakahoko ʻi he ʻaho 16 ʻo Mē 2022. Ka hili iá, ʻe lau leva kuo ʻatā ʻa e sea ʻo Tongatapu 10 mo Tongatapu 7 ʻi he Fale Aleá, pea ʻe tuku atu leva ʻe he ʻEiki Sea ʻo e Fale Aleá ki he Komisoni Filí ʻa e tohi fakangofua ke fili ha ongo Fakafofonga foʻou maʻa Tongatapu 10 mo Tongatapu 7. ʻE toki femahinoʻaki ʻa e ʻEiki Seá pea mo e Komisoni Filí ki he ʻaho ke fakahoko ai ʻa e fili ʻo e ongo Fakafofonga Fale Alea foʻou maʻae ongo Vahenga Filí ni.
Tuku Atu ʻi he Fakangofua ʻe he Kalake Pule ʻa e Fale Aleá
ʻAho 4 ʻo Mē 2022
ʻOfisi ʻo e Fale Alea ʻo Tonga, Nuku’alofa, Tonga
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF TONGA
MEMBERS TO BE UNSEATED FROM THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF TONGA
The Lord Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Lord Fakafanua, received two Court Certifications on 2 May 2022, which confirmed that the elections in the 18 November 2021 General Election of the respective Parliamentary Representatives for Tongatapu 10, Pohiva Tuʻiʻonetoa, and Tongatapu 7, Sione Sangster Saulala, have been voided by the Supreme Court of Tonga. This is the outcome of judgements on respective election petitions that were brought against Tuʻiʻonetoa and Saulala on charges of bribery.
The Legislative Assembly is required under the Electoral Act to unseat the two Members of Parliament from their respective seats in the Assembly, due to their elections having been voided by the Supreme Court. The unseating will be carried out at the Assembly’s meeting to be held on 16 May 2022. Once unseated, the seats in Parliament for Tongatapu 10 and Tongatapu 7 will be vacant. The Lord Speaker will then issue writs for election of new Representatives for Tongatapu 10 and Tongatapu 7. The date for the election of the new Representatives for the two constituencies will be determined by the Electoral Commission in consultation with the Speaker.
Issued by the Chief Clerk of the Legislative Assembly
4 May 2022
Office of the Legislative Assembly, Nuku’alofa, Tonga