8 Sep 2008

Veto over-ride to go to a referendum in American Samoa

5:46 am on 8 September 2008

A referendum to allow a legislative override of the governor's vetoes will be on the ballot in American Samoa's general election on November 4th.

This year the Fono passed a measure giving the it the authority to override the governor's veto rather than the Secretary of the Department of the Interior.

The measure was then submitted to the governor's office to be prepared and submitted to the election office as a referendum.

Chief Election Officer, Soliai Tuipine, says that in the referendum voters will be asked if they agree to the proposal that the constitution be amended to allow the Fono rather than the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior, the power to override the Governor's veto.

Any veto would require a two-thirds majority vote in both Houses before becoming law.