The motion was submitted to the Parliament on 28 June 2012, by 10 of the People's Representatives led by Mr. ‘Akilisi Pohiva, and after nearly four months of lengthy and several intervals of deferring the debates, the Speaker finally put it into vote today.
The 13 members who voted against the motion were, the Prime Minister (Lord Tu'ivakano); Deputy Prime Minister (Hon. Samiu Vaipulu); Minister for Lands, Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources (Lord Ma'afu); Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Hon. Sangster Saulala); Minister for Internal Affairs (Lord Vaea); Minister for Revenue Services, (Hon. Fe'aomoeata Vakata); Minister for Finance and National Planning ( Hon. Lisiate 'Akolo); Minister for Commerce and Tourism (Hon. Dr Viliami Latu); Minister for Health (Lord Tu'i'afitu); Noble's Representative Ha'apai 2 (Lord Tu'ilakepa), Lord Tu'iha'ateiho, Lord Fusitu'a and Lord Nuku.
The 11 members who supported the motion were, People's Representatives for constituencies of Tongatapu 1 ('Akilisi Pohiva), Tongatapu 2 (Semisi Sika), Tongatapu 3 (Dr Sitiveni Halapua), Tongatapu 4 ('Isileli Pulu), Tongatapu 5 ('Aisake Eke), Tongatapu 6 (Siosifa Tu'utafaiva), Tongatapu 8 (Sione Taione), Tongatapu 9 (Falisi Tupou), Tongatapu 10 (Semisi Tapueluelu), ‘Eua 11 (Sunia Fili) and Ha'apai 12 (Mo'ale Finau).
The votes were taken by only 24 elected members into Parliament, not including the Speaker and one of the People's Representatives Mr. ‘Uliti Uata who is currently on overseas medical referral. The two non-elect members, Minister for Education and Training (Hon. Dr. ‘Ana Taufe'ulungaki) and Minister for Justice and Public Enterprises (Hon. Clive Edwards), were not allowed to vote according to the Constitution.
Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2012.