18 Feb 2008

Plans to ban political hoardings in American Samoa

7:34 pm on 18 February 2008

The Election Commissioner in American Samoa, Soliai Tuipine, wants to prohibit all political bill boards and signs from being displayed in public even on privately owned land.

He says campaign signs have caused fights and disputes between families and villages in past elections.

Soliai says candidates have other means to get their message to voters such as media advertising.

But to maintain peace during campaigns he favours a complete ban on the display of all polticial signs.

He says not one election year has been free of disputes between families and supporters of different candidates over campaign signs.