3 Nov 2010

American Samoa releases preliminary election results

7:46 pm on 3 November 2010

Preliminary congressional election results from American Samoa have been released.

The incumbent delegate Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin's just finished his 11th term and is the longest serving US Congress member.

But, as our correspondent in the territory Monica Miller reports, the release of absentee ballots counted at the election office suggest a 12th term is not assured.

"Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin the incumbent has polled 504 ballots compared to Aumua Amata's 310 votes and the third challenger Tuika Tuika received 32 votes. For the constitutional referendum the number of yes votes lagged behind the no votes in the absentee ballot. The no votes garnered 517 votes and the yes votes amounted to 336 votes. Now the election results from the voting booths in Manu'a have also come in and it looks as though Aumua Amata Coleman has again outpolled Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin in the Manu'a voting booths but there are two other voting booths for voters from Manu'a on the island of Tutuila and that's the larger number of voters."