26 Jun 2006

No need for American Samoan constitutional convention says Congressman

3:41 pm on 26 June 2006

American Samoa's member of the US Congress, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, does not believe the territory needs to convene another constitutional convention.

He predicts that another convention will result in the same outcome of two previous conventions.

A commission is reviewing political status options for American Samoa and there are plans to call a convention after the review is completed.

But Faleomavega has told the American Samoa Bar Association that it would be an exercise in futility to convene another review of the constitution:

"We've had two or three previous constitutions that were proposed to the people against what, they were voted down by the people. I call it an exercise in futility. It was an up and down vote problems with the people understanding what was contained in these proposed constitutions."

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American Samoa's Congressman, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin