CANDIDATE of the Friendly Island Democratic Party (FIDP)Falisi Tupou has won the Tongatapu 9 by-election yesterday.
Falisi Tupou won 745 votes with a margin of 262 votes from fellow candidate Seventeen Toumo’ua of Haveluliku who won 483 votes.
Dr. Viliami Fukofuka of Tatakamotonga came third with 469 votes, followed by Siaosi Tu’ipulotu from 'Alakifonua with 254 votes, while 'Epeli Kalemani from Fua'amotu, 199 votes; and Simana Kami of Lavengatonga with 119 votes.
Election Supervisor Pita Vuki this morning says of the total 2,969 registered voters who went to 14 polling stations throughout Tonga, 77 percent turned out to cast their vote yesterday.
Accordinig to Vuki this is a drop from 90 percent recorded in last year’s general election.But he somehow attributed this probably to people going out of the country.
Tupou of Tatakamotonga is Tongatapu 9 new MP to the Legislative Assembly, replacing late Kaveinga Fa’anunu who died in July this year.
Issued by the: Parliament of Tonga, Nuku'alofa, 2011.