14 Nov 2008

US Congressman from American Samoa concerned that absenteee voters disenfranchised

6:26 pm on 14 November 2008

American Samoa's member of the US Congress, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, says about 1,000 voters are disenfranchised by the voting process for Governor.

The territory will hold a run-off election next week between the incumbent Togiola Tulafono and Utu Abe Malae because two weeks ago no candidate had secured more than 50 percent of the vote.

But Faleomavaega has again urged local leaders to change the law because off-island absentee voters will be denied a chance to vote.

He has reiterated a call for a primary to be held to solve the problem.

"And I know for a fact and I am sure practically all of our military men and women will not be able to vote on time, simply because of this time factor and I have requested our ASG leaders, we need to amend the current law by having a primary. We need a primary at least maybe two months before the general election, but nobody seems to care."