24 Apr 2003

American Samoa group wants attorney-general to be an elected office

10:25 am on 24 April 2003

A group monitoring the activities of the government in American Samoa is planning a petition shortly to win support to have the territory's Attorney General elected.

Common Cause of American Samoa says this would free the post from political and personal pressures.

The Group has recently held meetings with the US Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin and the Senate President Lutu Fuimaona and says in a statement that both men have backed the idea.

It says Lutu has committed to introducing legislation in July to call for the election, rather than have him appointed by the Governor.

There have been two previous unsuccessful efforts to pass similar legislation.

Common Cause also wants debate on the jurisdiction of the federal court in the Territory and the need for an Ombudsman empowered by both the local and federal governments.