16 Nov 2004

American Samoa prepares for tomorrow's run-off election for governor

4:27 pm on 16 November 2004

The race for the post of American Samoa's governor in tomorrow's run-off election is being described as too close to call.

The challenger, Afoa Moega Lutu, is claiming he has 52 percent support against the incumbent, Togiola Tulafono.

Afoa is making the claim based on combining all the challengers' results in the first round of elections, and the fact that those former candidates have either joined to support him, or ran on a similar platform of change.

Our correspondent, Monica Miller, says the administration is telling voters that its solid financial record is the answer.

"Let's continue the good times. The financial situation is better than ever before. There have been a lot of new programmes as far as education, health and so forth. But, the opponents say look, there has been a lot of corruption in government. The good times that the administration is talking about is good times only for the people that are in their camp."

Monica Miller says results of the run-off elections will begin coming through tomorrow night.