24 Jan 2006

Samoa new voter registration system working well but numbers still low

6:51 pm on 24 January 2006

Samoa's electoral commissioner, Tanuvasa Isitolo Lemisio, says the new voter registration system is working well but voter numbers are still low.

The new electoral ammendment passed last year requires a computerized electoral register that included photographs and fingerprints.

Tanuvasa says so far 67,754 have registered to vote for the March 31st poll.

But he says it is still below the voter roll for the last election in 2001 that had 92,000 registered voters.

"It's one of the reforms that the government felt should be done, following some court cases after the election in 2001. And the thought behind it all is to continue to improve the electoral system so people won't continue to complain about the system not being fair."

Tanuvasa Isitolo Lemisio says Samoans living abroad must come to Samoa to register if they want to vote.

He says people have until February 14th to register.