CHANGE SOUGHT FOR ELECTION OF AMERICAN SAMOA'S U.S. CONGRESSMAN

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (July 4, 2002 – Radio Australia)---Local leaders in American Samoa have been invited to express their opinions on a bill sponsored by a local congressman to change the system of electing American Samoa's delegate to the United States House of Representatives.

The current delegate is Eni Faleomavaega.

The bill calls for election by plurality vote, or election by simple majority.

At present, all elected positions in American Samoa -- including that of Washington delegate -- must obtain a 50 percent plus one of total votes cast.

The United States House of Representatives Committee on Resources is holding a hearing on the bill in Washington D.C. on July 17.

Committee Chairman James Hansen has invited American Samoa's Speaker of the House, Matagi McMoore, to attend the hearing or provide testimony.

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