4 Feb 2019

Candidate vetting bill passes American Samoa's parliament

12:18 pm on 4 February 2019

A bill that would require all candidates for public office in American Samoa to go through criminal background checks has been passed by the territory's lower house.

A voting sign in American Samoa

A voting sign in American Samoa Photo: RNZ Pacific /Fili Sagapolutele

The bill, sponsored by representative Faimealelei's Anthony Allen, was passed unanimously.

The original proposed that candidates for the house and the delegate to Congress in Washington go through checks by the Chief Election Officer.

But the second reading had candidates for governor added.

It will now go the Senate for review.