12 Nov 2008

American Samoa's Senate President files a petition over Election vote

11:35 am on 12 November 2008

American Samoa's Senate President, Lolo Letalu Moliga, has filed a petition in the high court to invalidate the Election Office results of the November 4th voting on the veto override legislation.

The referendum, which gives the American Samoa Fono the final say on legislation that is vetoed by the governor, was defeated by 22 votes last Tuesday.

Lolo's petition, states that there was an 8 ballot discrepancy in the referendum ballots and this gives uncertainty to such an extent that it cannot be determined whether the majority voted to approve or disapprove the referendum.

The discrepancy referred to is the difference between the number of voters who signed their names on the voter rolls and the number of ballots cast at the voting booths on Election Day.

The Election Office was served a copy of the petition yesterday afternoon and is the only petition so far.

Today is the deadline for filing complaints relating to the November 4th general election.