15 Aug 2005

County in American Samoa wants another senator because of its population size

4:08 pm on 15 August 2005

A call has been made for the Senate in American Samoa to consider increasing the number of Senators for the Tualauta County because of the county's large population.

The county currently has two senators in the Senate.

But one of the county's Senators, Auaumamana Foeese, says the and representation should be increased to three because of the size of the population.

Following the 2000 census, the US Census Bureau released statistics showing Tualauta County as the most populated in the Territory with the fastest growing population.

The number of people living there has almost doubled from 14,000 in 1990 to 20,000 in 2000.

Senator Tuanaitau Tuia, the second Tualauta senator, said more and more residents are moving to the county from other areas in the territory.

He said others coming from Samoa were also making the county their home.

The Senate President, Lolo Moliga, says the issue will be forwarded to the government's Future Political Study Commission to look into as it requires an amendment to the constitution.