4 Nov 2004

Runoff vote in American Samoa governor election

10:32 am on 4 November 2004

Voters in American Samoa will be heading to the polls again in two weeks' time to elect a governor and lieutenant governor.

None of the three teams in yesterday's general elections got more than the 50 per cent of votes cast needed.

Local law requires that the top two vote getters face off in a run off election in two weeks.

Incumbents Governor Togiola Tulafono and Lt. Governor Ipulasi Aitofele Sunia polled 48.4 per cent of the vote.

Afoa Moega Lutu and Taeaoafua Dr. Meki Solomona received 39.4 per cent.

Senators Teo Fuavai and Alo Dr. Paul Stevenson polled 12.2 per cent.

It is widely expected that Senators Teo and Alo will throw their support behind Afoa and Taeaoafua as they were also running on a platform for change from the current government.

In the congressional election, Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin has won re-election for an unprecedented ninth term as American Samoa's non voting delegate.

He received 52.5 per cent of the vote.

The Speaker of the House Matagi Ray McMoore was re-elected.

Voter turnout was about 62 per cent.