21 Aug 2014

American Samoa needs funds for polls

6:14 am on 21 August 2014

American Samoa's chief election officer, Tuaolo Fruean, says more money is needed to finance this year's general election.

Tuaolo has told lawmakers he was only allocated half of his original $US200,000 request for funds to run the November 4th polls.

This year, people are voting for the Delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives, 20 members of the American Samoa legislature and in a referendum on amending the constitution.

The amendment would give the Fono the authority to override the governor's veto instead of the US Secretary of Interior.

A former chief election officer and current senator, Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono, agrees more money is needed this year.

Lawmakers will decide later next week on Tuaolo's request.