Historically, the Office of the Speaker is a fundamental component in the Parliamentary System beginning at the British Parliament dated back to 13th century England. In ancient times, the Speaker acts as a spokesperson or an agent to the monarch whom informs them about the decisions of the Parliament. The first Speaker appointed was Sir Thomas Hungerford in 1377.
In accordance with the Constitution of the Independent State of Samoa:
Presiding over the Legislative Assembly:
Article 55 of the Constitution stipulates: “The Speaker, or in his or her absence the Deputy Speaker, shall preside over sittings of the Legislative Assembly."
Abide by the Standing Orders:
The Speaker ensures that all Members of Parliament abides by the Standing Orders and directs deliberations and businesses in the Chambers in accordance with the Standing Orders.
Impartiality during debates:
The Speaker requires a precedence of impartiality in the execution of the duties of the office. He does not participate in the actual debating and law-making processes of the House.
Susuga Hon. PAPALI’I Li’o Oloipola Ta’eu Masipa’u took office of Speaker of the Parliament of Samoa on 24 May 2021. Hon. Papali’i Li’o Oloipola Ta’eu Masipau is a lawyer and former Assistant Police Commissioner, first elected to Parliament in 2011 general election as a candidate for the Tautua Samoa Party and re-elected as a candidate for the F.A.S.T Party in 2021 general election, for the Faasaleleaga No. 3 constituency.
Afioga AUUAPAAU Mulipola Aloitafua took office of Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Samoa on 24 May 2021. Afioga Auuapaau Mulipola Aloitafua is an alumnus of Avele College and worked at the Post Office and Polynesian Airlines before running as a candidate for the F.A.S.T Party in 2021 general election for the Aiga i le Tai constituency.