6 Nov 2012

American Samoa's Tulafono says workers should get time off to vote

7:16 am on 6 November 2012

The governor of American Samoa, Togiola Tulafono, has ordered government departments and agencies to give their employees time off so they can vote in Tuesday's general election.

Governor Togiola says all employees of the American Samoa Government who are qualified will be allowed two consecutive hours off to be able to vote.

This time excludes any lunch or rest periods.

Meanwhile, in accordance with local law, the sale or dispensing of alcohol on election day will be banned.

The territory has 45 polling stations that will open from 6am on Tuesday.