13 Dec 2002

American Samoa to consider new election process

4:40 pm on 13 December 2002

The government of American Samoa has identified a new election process that could change the way voters elect its governor and delegate to the US Congress.

Current laws require a candidate to receive 50 percent plus one vote in the general election to be declared a winner.

If this is not achieved, a run-off election follows two weeks later between the top two candidates.

However, Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin had complained that the run-off process disenfranchised American Samoans in colleges and military overseas.

The lieutenant governor, Togiola Tulafono, says the government is now in the process of drafting legislation based on what is called the Instant Run-off System or IRV.

Togiola says the system will be submitted to the legislature in January for review and consideration.