21 Apr 2016

American Samoa agency to review constitutional matters

7:21 pm on 21 April 2016

The American Samoa governor Lolo Moliga has set up an agency to look at constitutional issues that could go to a vote at this year's election, or in subsequent polls.

The American Samoa Legislature Fono building in Fagatogo

The American Samoa Legislature Fono building in Fagatogo Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The Office of Political Status, Constitutional Review and Federal Relations is part of the governor's office.

United States Assistant Secretary of Interior for Insular Affairs, Esther Kia'aina, approved funding and the governor has appointed Tapaau Dr Dan Aga the director.

Tapaau was on the staff of the 2010 Constitutional Review and the Political Status Review Commission which preceded it.

The office was to look at issues such as self-determination and the pros and cons of further integration with the United States, including citizenship and representation in Congress.

Get the new RNZ app

for ad-free news and current affairs