12 Jan 2016

Increase in polling booths for Samoa elections

8:08 am on 12 January 2016

Samoa's general election in March will have 358 polling booths around the country compared to 290 in the last election in 2011.

Acting Electoral Commissioner Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio

Acting Electoral Commissioner Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio Photo: SUPPLIED / Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia

This comes after some candidates complained several voters were unable to cast their votes in the election because of the limited number of polling booths in their constituencies.

The acting Electoral Commissioner, Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio, says his office is hoping no voters will be left out in the March 4 polls as constituencies with the highest number of voters will have additional polling booths.

Registered voters have been confirmed at 115,741 and the nomination period for candidates will last for one week from 8 - 12 of February.

The withdrawal of nominations will be from the 15 to the 19th of February.

The Parliament will be dissolved on the 29th of this month.

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