1985 Western Samoan general election

General elections were held in Western Samoa on 22 February 1985. Voting was restricted to matai and citizens of European origin ("individual voters"), with the Matai electing 45 MPs and Europeans two.[1] The result was a victory for the Human Rights Protection Party, which won 31 seats.[2] Its leader, Tofilau Eti Alesana, remained Prime Minister.

1985 Western Samoan general election

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All 47 seats in the Legislative Assembly
24 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Tofilau Eti Alesana 1983 (cropped).jpg Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi (cropped).jpg
Leader Tofilau Eti Alesana Tui Ātua Tupua Tamasese Efi
Last election 22
Seats won 31 16
Seat change Increase9 New
Popular vote 4,698 2,052
Percentage 34.54% 15.09%

Prime Minister before election

Tofilau Eti Alesana

Elected Prime Minister

Tofilau Eti Alesana


Fifteen of the 47 elected MPs were new to the Legislative Assembly. Minister of Health Lavea Lio lost his seat.[2]

Human Rights Protection Party4,69834.5431+9
Christian Democratic Party2,05215.0916New
Valid votes13,60099.37
Invalid/blank votes860.63
Total ballots cast
Registered voters/turnout19,013
Source: PIM, Nohlen et al.


Following the elections, the HRPP held a two-day conference on 25–26 February, the HRPP re-elected Tofilau Eti Alesana as its candidate for Prime Minister.[2] On 7 March, Va'ai Kolone resigned from the party.[3] On 9 March the Legislative Assembly elected Alesana Prime Minister; he was the only candidate after Kolone declined to be nominated. Nonumalo Sofara was re-elected as Speaker.[3]

However, in December, 11 members of the HRRP defected to form a coalition government with the Christian Democratic Party, and Va'ai Kolone was elected Prime Minister.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen, Florian Grotz & Christof Hartmann (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume II, p782 ISBN 0-19-924959-8
  2. ^ a b c Govt. party has easy win in Samoa poll Pacific Islands Monthly, April 1985, p7
  3. ^ a b Kolone resignation may upset Eti rule Pacific Islands Monthly, April 1985, p23