* The election is indirect. Local chiefs selected members of the Senate.
** See more here: http://www.americansamoaelectionoffice.org/results/2014%20General%20Electionfficial%20Results.pdf
At stake in this election:
- The 18 seats in American Samoa’s Senate*
*The election is indirect. Local chiefs select members of the Senate.
Description of government structure:
- Chief of State: President Barack OBAMA (since 20 January 2009)
- Head of Government: Governor Lolo Matalasi MOLIGA (since 3 January 2013)
- Assembly: American Samoa has a bicameral Legislature (Fono) consisting of the Senate with 18 seats and the House of Representatives with 21 seats.
* Residents also elect one non-voting delegate to serve a 2-year term in the US House of Representatives.
Description of electoral system:
- The President is elected by an electoral college to serve a 4-year term.* **
- The Governor is elected by popular vote to serve a 4-year term.
- In the Senate 18 members are selected by regional governing councils to serve 2-year terms.*** In the House of Representatives, 20 members are elected by popular vote to serve 2-year terms and 1 member is elected by public meeting on Swains Island to serve a 2-year term.****
* Residents of unincorporated territories do not vote in elections for US president or vice president, however, they may vote in Democratic and Republican presidential primary elections.
*** Residents also elect one non-voting delegate to serve a 2-year term in the US House of Representatives.
*** Senators are selected by local chiefs through a method called faa-Samoa, showing that they are in good standing in the community.
**** The member elected by public meeting on Swains Island is a nonvoting member of the (American Samoa) House of Representatives.
- On Tuesday 4 November 2014, there will be an election to the American Samoa Senate.[i]
Main parties in the electoral race:
- Party: Independents*
* Candidates will be running as Independents and are selected by local chiefs.
- The last election to the Senate in American Samoa was on 6 November 2012.[ii]
Population and number of registered voters:
- Population: 54,517 (July 2014 est)[iii]
- Registered Voters: N/A