3 Nov 2010

American Samoa votes

11:14 am on 3 November 2010

Polls have opened in American Samoa for voters to elect members of the local legislature as well as their representative in the United States House of Representatives.

There's also a crucial constitutional change at stake.

Our correspondent in Pago Pago, Monica Miller reports results should be known later tonight.

"Polls are open today for 12 hours from six in the morning.In the congressional election, incumbent congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin has two challengers, Aumua Amata and Tuika Tuika. The territory will also be voting for 18 of the 21 members of American Samoa's House of Representatives. Three have already been decided. In addition, voters are being asked to take part in a referendum on changes to the American Samoa constitution. The most controversial amendment would give the territory the power to stop the enforcement of any US law that is detrimental to American Samoa's economy and welfare of its people."