15 Nov 2008

Election petition in American Samoa to be heard in court

1:27 pm on 15 November 2008

The Appellate Division of the High Court of American Samoa has set for later this month a hearing on a petition to invalidate the results of the November 4th voting on the veto override legislation.

Close to 700 electors signed the petition and the main petitioner is Senate President Lolo Letalu Moliga.

Lolo's office says the court hearing has been set for the 24th of this month but the election office has yet to file a reply to the petition.

The referendum ballot, which seeks to amend the constitution to allow the Fono to override the governor's veto, was defeated in last Tuesday's election by just 22 votes.

Lolo's petition asks the court to invalidate the results and order a new election and - or direct the Chief Election Officer to recount the referendum ballots.