3 Mar 2011

Samoa police to ensure election safety

4:11 pm on 3 March 2011

Samoa police are warning voters that they will be out in force on election day to ensure general safety.

Some 100,000 registered voters go to the polls the day after tomorrow, choosing from about 160 candidates.

Police assistant commissioner, Leaupepe Fatu Pula, says resources are stretched, because each of the 290 polling booths will be guarded by an officer.

"All officers will be out in the districts, there are also officers who will be doing mobile duties using police vehicles just to ensure the safety of the general public. The purpose of them at polling booths is to ensure the safety of the ballot boxes, to ensure voters are safe and not being interfered with."

Leaupepe Fatu Pula says a complaint of voter intimidation has been made at one constituency, and a suspect is in police custody, pending a court date following the election.