16 Jul 2002

US committee postpones hearing on American Samoan plurality bill

5:49 pm on 16 July 2002

The US House Committee on Resources has postponed a hearing on a plurality election bill put forward by the American Samoan member of the US Congress, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin.

The postponement follows a request by Faleomavaega for a deal after previously saying he had given the American Samoa Fono enough time to consider the bill.

The Fono had asked the Committee for a postponement last week but was turned down.

Faleomavaega's bill is aimed at allowing the territory's member of Congress to be elected by a simple majority.

Currently, a successful candidate must have 50 percent plus one other vote, and if there is no clear winner a run off is held between the top two vote getters.

Faleomaevaga says he had decided to request a delay as a courtesy to Governor Tauese Sunia.