2010 election – Temotu

There are 40 candidates contesting the three Temotu seats, a big increase from the 22 contestants in 2006. Both Temotu Pele (13 candidates, up from 6 in 2006) and Temotu Vatud (19 candidates, up from 8 in 2006) are very heavily contested. By contrast, veteran politician Patteson Oti will once again face 7 other contestants in Temotu Nende as he attempts to win his fourth term in parliament.

The tables below provide some statistics on the Temotu seats in recent elections. Below that is a list of the candidates in each constituency (source: Electoral Commission, published on the Toabaita Authority for Research and Development (TARD) blog). I’ve also included any information I’ve been able to find about the candidates’ party affiliations, previous electoral performance, work experience and qualifications. (Note: I will keep updating this post until the election, so comments and corrections are particularly welcome.)

Table 1: Election statistics, Temotu province

Election Candidates Incumbents returned Voters (reg’d) Votes cast Voter turn-out
2010

40

2006

22

1/3

14,079

9,121

64.8%

2001

17

3/3

?

9,106

?

1997

?

?

?

?

?

1993

8

1/2

8,958

6,364

71.0%

Table 2: Candidates per constituency, Temotu province

Constituency

2010

2006

2001

1997

1993

Temotu Nende

8

8

5

?

5

Temotu Pele

13

6

6

?

3

Temotu Vatud

19

8

6

?

n/a

Total

40

22

17

?

8

Temotu Nende

There are 8 candidates, compared to 8 in 2006 and 5 in 2001 and 1993.

  1. John Patteson Oti (OUR party): outgoing MP (1997-2010), won in 2006 with 26.1% of the vote
  2. Commins Aston Mewa
  3. Edwin Meibu
  4. James Mekab (current President, PAP)
  5. George Henry Malirbaal: came 7th out of 8 in the 2006 election with 7.0% of the vote
  6. Freddy Me’esa
  7. Rev’d Philip Mali (RDP-SI)
  8. Edward Daiwo (SIDP): Premier of Temotu Province, came 2nd in 2006 with 22.9% of the vote

Temotu Pele

There are 13 candidates, compared to 6 in 2006 and 2001 and 3 in 1993.

  1. Philip Nadu
  2. Nelson Nimelea
  3. Alfred Dagi
  4. George Boape (SIPRA)
  5. Joe Atkin Leiau
  6. Oliver Melive Osi (OUR party): former senior police officer
  7. George West
  8. Alfred Apela Toaki
  9. Johnson Levela (RDP-SI): former Premier of Temotu Province
  10. Ross Hepworth: came 4th out of 6 in the 2006 election with 8.5% of the vote, family owns the famous Pigeon Island
  11. Martin Teddy Magga: outgoing MP (2006-10), won in 2006 with 33.2% of the vote
  12. Michael Maina: former MP (1989-2006), came 2nd in 2006 with 29.0% of the vote
  13. David Dalaume

Temotu Vatud

There are 19 candidates, compared to 8 in 2006 and 6 in 2001. (The seat did not exist in 1993.)

  1. Timothy Walter Titiulu
  2. Andrew Hepworth
  3. Samuel Kafukese Rarokofe: came 3rd in 2006 with 17.2% of the vote
  4. Noel Aisa
  5. Nathan Nukusaumua
  6. Afetama Steven Torro
  7. Casper Muna Tofimao (SIPRA)
  8. Jeffery Teava: former MP (1997-2006), came 2nd in 2006 with 18.2% of the vote
  9. Gordon H Bila (OUR party): came 5th out of 8 in 2006 with 12.4% of the vote
  10. Clay Forau Soalaoi (People’s Federation Party, PFP): outgoing MP and Minister for Health (2006-10), won the 2006 election with 20.6% of the vote
  11. Patrick Mundano
  12. Rangu Samson Ariki
  13. Lazarus Munamua: former Dioscean Bishop of Temotu, Church of Melanesia
  14. Frank Lovejoy Kataina
  15. Michale Meone Morava: came 6th out of 8 in 2006 with 8.8% of the vote
  16. Philip Spillus Tuapa
  17. Mua James Rafe
  18. Walter Mavaemua
  19. Chris Patty (RDP-SI)
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