27 Oct 2004

Pre-election messages delivered in American Samoa

2:13 pm on 27 October 2004

Voters in American Samoa go to the polls next week to elect a governor and Lt. governor, a delegate to the U.S. congress and members to the territory's house of representatives.

The three candidates for governor all delivered their campaign messages on state-owned television last night, asking voters and each other to forgive them if they've slighted anyone during the campaign.

The incumbent governor, Togiola Tulafono, said he and Lt. governor, Ipulasi Aitofele Sunia, will continue their plan to improve government and the quality of life for citizens.

"We owe this to our people to make sure that their service is free of problems and corruption. We must also continue to make government services more accessible and easier to obtain."

Governor Togiola Tulafono

The two other sets of candidates criticised Togiola's record in office and promised a range of answers to the problems they said still needed to be solved