Tongatapu 6

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Tongatapu 6
Constituency
for the Legislative Assembly of Tonga
Region Tongatapu
Current constituency
Created 2010
Number of members 1
Member(s) Siosifa Tuʻitupou Tuʻutafaiva

Tongatapu 6 is an electoral constituency for the Legislative Assembly in the Kingdom of Tonga. It was established for the November 2010 general election, when the multi-seat regional constituencies for People's Representatives were replaced by single-seat constituencies, electing one representative via the first past the post electoral system. Located on the country's main island, Tongatapu, it encompasses the villages of Hofoa, Puke, Siaʻatoutai, Fatai, Lakepa, Matangiake, Kahoua, Makapaeo, Liahona, Lomaiviti, Houma, Haʻakame, Haʻalalo, and ʻUtulau. [1]

Legislative Assembly of Tonga

The Legislative Assembly of Tonga has 26 members in which 17 members elected by majority of the people for a 5-year term in multi-seat constituencies via the single non-transferable vote system. There are 9 members elected by the 33 hereditary nobles of Tonga. The Assembly is controlled by the speaker of the House who is elected by majority of the elected members of Parliament and constitutionally appointed by the king.

Tonga country in Oceania

Tonga, officially the Kingdom of Tonga, is a Polynesian country and archipelago comprising 169 islands, of which 36 are inhabited. The total surface area is about 750 square kilometres (290 sq mi) scattered over 700,000 square kilometres (270,000 sq mi) of the southern Pacific Ocean. The sovereign state has a population of 100,651 people, of whom 70% reside on the main island of Tongatapu.

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Its first ever (and so far only) representative is Siosifa Tuʻitupou Tuʻutafaiva, of the Democratic Party of the Friendly Islands. Tuʻutafaiva, a high profile advocate lawyer and first time MP, won his seat by the narrowest margin for any of the People's Representatives' constituencies, with a majority of just four votes. This makes Tongatapu 6 a marginal seat. His main rival was Siosaia Moehau, President of the Tonga Tourism Association. After the election, Moehau requested a recount, which took place. The final count (given below) subtracted one vote from each of the two leading candidates, still providing Tuʻutafaiva with a four-vote majority. [2] [3]

Siosifa Tuʻitupou Tuʻutafaiva is a Tongan lawyer and politician.

Democratic Party of the Friendly Islands

The Democratic Party of the Friendly Islands is a political party in Tonga. The party's leader is 'Akilisi Pohiva.

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Members of Parliament

ElectionMemberParty
2010 Siosifa Tuʻutafaiva DPFI

Election results

2010

Tongan general election, 2010: Tongatapu 6
PartyCandidateVotes%±
DPFI Siosifa Tuʻitupou Tuʻutafaiva 734 26.5
(unknown) Siosaia Moehau 730 26.4
(unknown) Posesi Fanua Bloomfield 390 14.1
(unknown) Sione Fifita Maumau 279 10.1
(unknown) Viliami Moimoi Vaea 169 6.1
(unknown) Siosiua Holitei Fonua 163 5.9
(unknown) Lesieli Huʻavailiku Niu 61 2.2
(unknown) Melino He Mapuʻatonga Tangi 50 1.8
(unknown) Sione Tuʻalau Vimahi 47 1.7
(unknown) Hemaloto Tatafu 40 1.4
(unknown) Sitiveni Finau 30 1.1
(unknown) Sepeti Vakameilalo 24 0.9
(unknown) Faleʻaisi Vaea Tangitau 18 0.7
(unknown) Latu Timote Tuʻiʻasoa 17 0.6
PLT ‘Ofakitokelau Fakalata 16 0.6
Turnout 2773
Majority 4 0.1 n/a
DPFI win (new seat)

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