Tonga by-election set for March to replace former MP Saia Piukala

The Vava’u 14  by-election date has been announced this afternoon by the Lord Speaker Fakafanua.

Tonga Parliament. Photo/Fale Alea ‘o Tonga (Facebook)

Fakafanua said the by-election would be held on Thursday 28 March 2024.

The by-election is called due to vacancy in the parliamentary seat for Vava’u 14 after their Representative, Hon. Saia Ma’u Piukala, resigned from his seat, on January 26, 2024.

The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga received the resignation letter from the People’s representative for Vava’u 14, Dr. Piukala last Friday,  January 26,  2024.

Hon. Piukala was confirmed last week as the WHO Regional Director for Western Pacific after he was elected by the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific. Dr. Piukala is the first Pacific Islander to take the role.

Hon. Piukala was first elected to Parliament in 2014, and re-elected in the 2017 and 2021 general elections. He served as an MP for a period of ten years and 26 days.

The date for the by-election to elect the Representative for the People of Vava’u 14 was confirmed today after consultation between the Lord Speaker of Parliament and the Chairman of the Electoral Commission, the Rt. Hon. Lord Dalgety K.C, as required by the Legislative Assembly Act.

The Legislative Assembly will reconvene on February 12, 2024.

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