Nomination papers available for American Samoa 2018 election candidates

American Samoa Election Office. Picture: SN file photo

PAGO PAGO, 04 JULY 2018 (SAMOA NEWS) – The Election Office in American Samoa has made available nomination papers for candidates for the local House of Representatives and the Delegate to the US House seeking public office in the November 2018 general election.

Election officials told Samoa News last Thursday that a printout registration list per district for candidates along with a candidate manual to help them familiarise themselves with the election process and election laws, campaign spending and petition forms are also included in this package for candidates.

Local election law states that Delegate to the U.S House shall be nominated by filing a petition signed by at least 300 qualified voters, with a filing fee is $500. For the local House race, a candidate shall be nominated by filing a petition signed by at least 25 qualified voters of the district from which the candidate seeks election. Filing fee is $300.

Deadline to file to be a candidate is at the close of business on Sept. 1, 2018. And the Election Office encourages all those seeking public office for the 2018 election to file their papers, including the petition, as early as possible.

Samoa News notes that as in past election years, the Election Office, thoroughly checks each and every person who signs a candidate’s petition to ensure that the person is a registered voter and voting from the district the candidate is running— when it comes to the local House race.

In the Congressional race, Congresswoman Aumua Amata has already announced her plans to seek re-election. The only challenger so far who has made an official announcement, through advertisement last month in the Samoa News, is Meleagi Suitonu-Chapman who has unsuccessfully in past elections, challenged the incumbent.

For the local House race, all incumbents are expected to seek re-election.