Siaosi Pohiva

Political reform driver for Tonga's newest MP

Mr Pohiva, the eldest son of the late prime minister, 'Akilisi Pohiva, narrowly won the by-election for his father's former Tongatapu One constituency.

Sioasi Pohiva defeated scientist Netatua Pelesikoti Taufatofua by just 16 votes.

The win was an assurance that people still wanted to see a more democratic Parliament and more political reform, he said.

Mr Pohiva wanted to see the power of the nobility reduced, but he did not necessarily want their seats in Parliament to go.

He said there were several options available.

‘Akilisi Pohiva’s son wins by-election by 16 votes

In a tight race for Tongatapu One, Siaosi Pohiva, who is 'Akilisi's eldest son, won by just 16 votes.

With 1160 votes he edged out Netatua Pelesikoti Taufatofua.

There are 4342 registered voters in Tongatapu One but only 2305 cast ballots, a mere 53 percent.

RNZ Pacific's Tonga correspondent, Kalafi Moala, said for those who wanted change, and for those who no longer wanted to live under the shadow of the popular late politician, the result was a disappointment, especially as the son has pledged to fulfill the vision of his father.