3 Mar 2011

Samoans reminded to exercise their right to vote

8:10 pm on 3 March 2011

Samoa's electoral commissioner is reminding people to exercise their right to vote on election day.

Some 100-thousand registered voters go to the polls in two days, choosing from about 160 candidates.

The Electoral Commissioner, Tanuvasa Isitolo Lemisio says he is expecting a high turnout of voters.

"There's an interest in elections since the party system came into operation, which is good for us, really. Before the party system developed and they became stronger, the turnouts weren't very high."

Tanuvasa says the next two days are public holidays, and an alcohol ban will be enforced on election day.