31 Mar 2008

American Samoa's senator proposes election day as holiday

11:52 am on 31 March 2008

American Samoa's Senator, Alo Dr Paul Stevenson, has sponsored legislation making election day in American Samoa a holiday.

The bill says that the purpose of the measure is to give electors the opportunity to vote in their respective districts without disruption to their normal work activities.

The legislation is also to minimize last minute campaigning at the places of employment on election day.

Under current law, voters are allowed two hours on election day to cast their ballots.

The two paid hours does not include lunch break.

If the bill, introduced yesterday, is passed, then it would bring the total number of government holidays to 12.