17 Jan 2003

Calls in American Samoa for parliament to be broadcast live

4:37 pm on 17 January 2003

A member of the American Samoa Legislative Assembly has urged the House to broadcast its proceedings on radio or television.

In his first address, first term representative, Vaiausia Yandall, said in a free democracy, public access to legislative sessions is a fundamental right.

Vaiausia says his constituents want to know what their elected representatives are doing and saying in parliament.

He repeated a request made by Representative Sua Carl Schuster on the first working day of the House for Fono sessions to be broadcast live.

Vaiausia says 95 percent of his district wants the House sessions to aired on TV or radio.

House Speaker Matagi Ray McMoore says he will look into the request.