At stake in this election:
- The 1 American Samoa non-voting delegate seat to the United States (US) House of Representatives
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 for the American Samoa Non-Voting Delegate seat.[i]
Main parties in the electoral race:
- Candidate: Eni F.H. FALEOMAVAEGA
Party: American Samoa Democratic Party*
- Candidate: AUMUA AMATA
Party: American Samoa Republican Party*
*Both parties in American Samoa are affiliated with their respective US national parties.
- The last election to for the Non-Voting Delegate seat American Samoa was on 6 November 2012.[ii] Approximately 13,076 people voted in the election.[iii] Results can be found here.
Population and number of registered voters:
- Population: 54,517 (July 2014 est)[iv]
- Registered Voters: N/A