AMERICAN SAMOA GOVERNOR TAUESE TO PURSUE ALIEN VOTING RIGHTS

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (October 13, 1998 - Samoa News)---Giving non-American Samoan permanent residents the right to vote during elections will be renewed by the Tauese administration when the Legislature of American Samoa reconvenes in January

Last year, two months after the Tauese Administration took office in January 1997, a resolution proposing a referendum be held to allow voters to decide if permanent residents should be given the privilege to vote was introduced.

Lawmakers went home last month without acting on the proposal.

Recently, Governor Tauese Sunia indicated he remains adamant about fulfilling his election promise to give permanent residents --primarily from neighboring (western) Samoa-- voting rights.

Tauese said he plans to have the same resolution submitted again in January.

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