8 Feb 2005

Lobbying underway in American Samoa to get Public Service Commissioner appointment voted down

2:37 pm on 8 February 2005

Lobbying is said to be underway in American Samoa to prevent the Legislature from confirming the appointment of the new Commissioner of Public Safety.

The position, which amounts to that of police commissioner, has been given by the Governor, Togiola Tulafono, to the former Secretary of Samoan Affairs, Sotoa Savali.

But there has been widespread concern about his lack of experience in law enforcement.

As Monica Miller reports, efforts are being made to keep him out of the office:

"Already there's quite extensive lobby going on in the Senate and in the House from members of the Department of Public Safety staff to get their representatives and their senators to vote down the governor's nomination."

Correspondent, Monica Miller.