9 Nov 2012

American Samoa power company issued voting advice

2:55 pm on 9 November 2012

The American Samoa Power Authority's management and board of directors urged a no vote on the referendum ballot that would have given the Fono the power to override the governor's veto, rather than the U.S. Secretary of Interior.

The referendum to amend the territory's constitution was easily defeated in Tuesday's general election.

The Authority blames the Fono for the rates rises it has had to implement.

The Authority's board of directors and management wrote a three-page memo to what it called the 'ASPA family & community' just before the election calling on them to vote no on the referendum.

The memo alleges that one of the underlying reasons why certain members of the Fono want to amend the constitution is to exert political and budgetary control over the Authority.