18 Jan 2012

Samoa Electoral Act to be reviewed by a Commission of Inquiry

5:44 am on 18 January 2012

The Samoa government has appointed a nine member Commission of Inquiry to review the country's Electoral Act.

The Commission will be chaired by the Ombudsman, Maiava Iulai Toma, with recommendations to be handed to cabinet after three months.

The commission's terms of references include the review of any provision regarding special voting booths with a view to encourage people to go to their constituencies to cast their votes.

It will also consider appropriate legislation amendments to require public servants and employees of public bodies intending to stand as candidates in a general election to resign from their positions.

It will also consider and review legislative provisions to change the two individual voter's seats to two urban seats.

The commission will start hearing submissions and public opinion early next month.