26 Jan 2007

American Samoan senator says top positions should be elected separately

4:54 pm on 26 January 2007

American Samoan senator Faiivae Galeai believes having the governor and lieutenant governor elected independently will lead to more transparency in government.

A bill he has introduced would have the offices elected separately.

Faiiave has told KHJ News that if the top two office holders were independent of each other there would be no secrets and all actions by the governor and lieutenant governor would become public.

The senator says lawmakers should always be ready to make changes if there are weaknesses in the present system.

He says the territory has elected its own governor since 1977 and from what he has observed in that time changes are needed.

Faiiave also says that having the top positions in the executive elected separately would also help reduce corruption in government departments.