15 Mar 2005

Congressman backs call for American Samoan Governor's veto to be curbed

4:33 pm on 15 March 2005

The American Samoan Congressman, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, says he fully supports the call from the Territorial Legislature for the power to override the governor's veto.

The Senate President Lolo Letalu Moliga, when he outlined the Fono's agenda at the beginning of the year, called for the veto power to be removed.

Speaking on local television, Faleomavaega said the veto power had a relevancy in the era of appointed governors, but this no longer applies.

"now that we elect the Governor we need to streamline the laws and make sure,....and the veto powers and the funding issue is one of the sore points and I think our Legislature is saying it should have power to over ride any veto power of the Governor, and I agree."