American Samoa General Election Candidate List Finalized

With no challenges, 3 teams running for Governor/Lt. Governor, 62 contest for 20 fono seats

By Fili Sagapolutele

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (The Samoa News, Sept. 12, 2016) – With no challenge filed, Chief Election Officer, Uiagalelei Dr. Lealofi Uiagalelei has certified all candidates running for public office in the Nov. 8th general election.

Qualified electors had until 4p.m. last Thursday to challenge the qualification of any candidates in the gubernatorial, congressional and local House of Representatives race. However, none was filed and this is the first time in the last three elections that no challenges were filed, according to Samoa News archives.

In a notice issued Thursday night, Uiagalelei released the list of certified candidates, whose names as they appeared on the list are printed on the ballot. See Election Office certified list at end of this report.

According to the certified list, there are three teams for the gubernatorial race — including the incumbent team of Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga and Lt. Gov. Lemanu Palepoi Peleti Sialega Mauga; five in the congressional race including incumbent Congresswoman Aumua Amata; and 62 candidates for the 20-elected House members. The 21st House member is the Swains Island Delegate.

Except for Rep. Larry Sanitoa, who is a candidate for lieutenant governor, along with candidate for governor Faoa Aitofele Sunia, all current House members are seeking re-election. However, House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale is running unopposed and therefore he is the first unofficial result as returning to the House for the Alataua District.

Of interest is there are quite a few female candidates — Samoa News counts 10 — for the House race including the two incumbents Rep. Vui Florence Saulo and Atalina Asifoa.

Meanwhile, local absentee voting opened last Friday at the Election Office in Tafuna and will run until 4p.m. on Nov. 7th. This early voting process is for electors who will be traveling off island for medical treatment; military-related assignments; employment-related training, conference or assignments; and vacation.

According to the Election Office calendar of events, absentee ballots are also being mailed out to qualified overseas voters, those in the US Armed Force and students attending colleges and universities. More information for military personnel voting is on the Election Office website:

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