CONGRESSMAN ENI FALEOMAVAEGA WINS IN AMERICAN SAMOA

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (November 4, 1998 - Samoa News)---Incumbent Congressman Faleomavaega Eni convincingly cemented his sixth two-year term as American Samoa's Congressional Representative in Washington with a landslide victory over his sole opponent, Seigafolava Ropati Pene.

Preliminary results from yesterday's General Elections showed that Eni collected a little over 86% of voters who voted in the Congressional race compared to Pene's 13%.

Of the 9,411 voters who voted in the Congressional race, Eni collected 8,138 votes while Pene received 1,237 votes.

"It's always been my belief that this office is the voters office," commented Eni to Samoa News after the election last night. "The people have spoken and I'm grateful once more for the faith and confidence of our people in this humble servant."

INCUMBENTS LOSE SEVEN SEATS IN HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Two hours after the polls were closed, Chief Election Officer Soliai Tuipine appeared on KVZK-TV at 8:00 p.m. and started announcing the official results of the 1998 Election.

The announcement was a shock to some incumbents who were defeated in the local House of Representatives race. All incumbents were seeking re-election, with a total of 50 candidates, including 5-women, vying for 20 elected seats in the House of Representatives' 21-seat membership.

Of the incumbents, only 13 were re-elected to the House, including Rep. Su‘a Carl Schuster who was running unopposed. Because of the passing of Manila Launiu -- who was the incumbent for District #6, Sua #2 -- candidate Leuluaisaoipapa Matautia also won his seat unopposed.

The 21st seat belongs to Swains Delegate Wallace Thompson, who was re-elected in a public meeting at Swains Island during the later part of September.

Also re-elected are the current House Speaker, Mailo Sao Nua, Vice Speaker Moananu Va, and former Speaker Savali Talavou Ale.

A close House race that is expected to be challenged is District #16, Tualatai, between incumbent Su'emalo Seti Lopa and challenger Elisara Pita Elisara, Jr.

Rep. Lopa won by one vote only, with the incumbent taking in 294 votes while the challenger gained 293 votes.

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