American Samoa Needs More Financing For Election

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Only allocated half of original request

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, August 22, 2014) – American Samoa’s chief election officer, Tuaolo Fruean, says more money is needed to finance this year’s general election.

Tuaolo has told lawmakers he was only allocated half of his original $200,000 request for funds to run the Nov. 4 polls.

This year, people are voting for a delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, 20 members of the American Samoa legislature and in a referendum on amending the constitution.

The amendment would give the Fono, the territorial legislature, the authority to override the governor’s veto instead of the U.S. secretary of the Interior.

A former chief election officer and current senator, Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono, agrees more money is needed this year.

Lawmakers will decide later next week on Tuaolo’s request.

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