12 Jul 2002

American Samoa's legislators want delay on Plurality Bill

10:46 am on 12 July 2002

Fono leaders in American Samoa have written to the Chairman of the United States House Committee on Resources, James Hansen, asking that he delay next week's hearing on Congressman Faleomavaega's Election Plurality Bill.

They have notifed him that the Fono has voted unanimously for the postponemment so American Samoans can deliberate on it.

The bill will change the voting procedure to a simple majority.

Cutly the successful candidate needs 50 percent plus one vote to get elected.

This requirement often means that there is a second ballot for the top two candidates.