14 Nov 2012

Togiola suggests American Samoa primary elections

3:29 pm on 14 November 2012

The American Samoa governor Togiola Tulafono says there should be draft legislation for a primary gubernatorial election so the territory doesn't have to hold a run-off election.

The governor says with none of the six teams running for governor polling more than 50 percent he feels it is time to consider a primary.

And while he is leaving office, he says he believes it is a matter that can be achieved through collaboration with the new leaders.

Togiola says he will suggest the new leaders of the Fono and the governor to introduce a bill to allow for a primary election to be held in September.

He says those who want to run for governor and lieutenant governor will be in the primary and the top two candidates will be on the ballot in November to decide the winner.