10 Sep 2012

Four candidates in American Samoa's gubernatorial race challenged

6:26 am on 10 September 2012

The eligibility of four candidates in the race for governor and Lieutenant governor of American Samoa has been challenged.

The team of Save Liuato Tuitele and Tofoitaufa Sandra King Young has asked the Chief Election Officer to disqualify candidates for governor Lolo Letalu Moliga and Dr Salu Hunkin Finau and candidates for Lieutenant governor Taufete'e Faumuina Junior and Le'i Sonny Thompson.

The challenge filed by attorney Charles Alailima, states that the four have been engaged in political campaigning without resigning from their government jobs as required by election law.

Alailima says the four have posted campaign signs and issued bumper stickers soliciting votes and attended fundraisers, debates and other campaign functions, all while holding government jobs.

Lolo resigned as President of the Development Bank in June, Dr Hunkin Finau is a researcher for the Department of Education, Taufete'e is Director of Criminal Justice and Le'i is Director of the Office of Administrative Services.