20 Nov 2014

Halapua to help educate Tongans about leaders

8:16 am on 20 November 2014

Outgoing Tonga MP, Sitiveni Halapua, says he wants to help educate the public about what they should expect from their leaders.

Dr Halapua had been deputy leader of the Democratic Party but failed to convince it to work more closely with all MPs.

As a result he is not among the 107 candidates standing in next Thursday's election.

Dr Halapua says this style of collegial government will ensure the people can see and view the benefits of democracy, which is still a new thing in Tonga.

"I am more interested in the educational aspect of change in Tonga, and more importantly, in making the people understand better the processes and their role, rather than being confined to what politicians tell them who to vote for, and who to blame if something is not working, is not going very well for the country."