Five New Members Elected To American Samoa House

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Voters also soundly reject granting veto override authority to Fono

By Joyetter Feagaimaalii-Luamanu

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (The Samoa News, Nov. 5, 2014) – Following Tuesday’s general election, five new individuals have been elected to the American Samoa House of Representatives including an additional female to the House, Atalina Asifoa from District #17, who will join Vui Florence Tuaumu Saulo, who won her bid for re-election.

[PIR editor’s note: The Samoa News reported that ‘Despite a major public awareness campaign in the media and by a government appointed committee, another attempt by the Fono to give itself the authority to override the governor’s veto was again rejected by voters, according to unofficial results of yesterday’s 2014 general election. … The outcome of yesterday’s vote was overwhelming for those rejecting the amendment. Of the 9,290 ballots counted, 6,620 (of 71.3%) voted "no" while 2,670 (or 28.7%) voted "yes".’]

According to the unofficial results of the 2014 House race, the new lawmakers for the 34th Legisture are:

According to the unofficial results announced on the KVZKTV last night, re-elected into the House are Timusa Tini Lam Yuen, Maugaolai’i Sipa Anoa’i, Toeina Autele, Legae’e Mauga, Talaimatai Elisara Su’a, Pulelei’ite Li’amatua Tufele Jr, Puletu Dick Koko and Lemapu Suiaunoa Taloa, Vui Florence Saulo, Larry S. Sanitoa, and Savali Talavou Ale (House Speaker of the 33rd Legislature).

Running unopposed were Vailoata Eteuate Amituana’i and Tu’umolimoli Saena Moliga.

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