17 Nov 2004

Results from run off election in American Samoa due by nine this evening

4:13 pm on 17 November 2004

Voters in American Samoa are voting in the second round of the contest to choose a new Governor and Lt. Governor.

Just after four this morning, police escorted election office staff and ballot boxes to more than 40 polling stations on Tutuila.

The ballot boxes and election officials for Manu'a left yesterday morning.

Deputy election Commissioner Filivaa Mageo expects that election results should be known by nine tonight.

The two teams vying for Governor and Lt. Governor, incumbents Togiola Tulafono and Ipulasi Aitofele Sunia, and challengers, Afoa Moega Lutu and Taeaoafua Dr. Meki Solomona hope to improve voter turnout today though the pattern of every run off election is that there's a decrease from voter numbers in the general elections.

The second round has not been without its disagreements.

Police were called yesterday to help quell a row over the setting up of camp tents in Fagatogo village.

Apparently crews setting up a tent for the Afoa Taeaoafua team at a parking lot were chased away by rival committee members who said that this was the spot where they set their tent on November 2 and they had first option on the spot.

Police also had to get some camps to take their tents further back from the polling stations last night and this morning.

Election law requires that no campaign related activity or messages should be within 150 feet of voting booths.