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Only one woman elected to American Samoa House this year

Andra Samoa
Eight new faipule elected

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two female faipule incumbents were defeated while one female candidate is among the eight faipule-elect following yesterday’s mid term election for the local House of Representatives.

Based on the unofficial results announced last night by the Election Office, female Reps. Fialupe Felila Fiaui Lutu for District 5 Sua #1 and Vui Florence Saulo — one of two faipule for Tualauta — lost their seats in the House.

The unofficial results show that former American Samoa Power Authority executive director and female candidate Andra Samoa, has unseated incumbent Rep. Fagaotua Dorian Salave’a for District 13 Fofo.

Besides Samoa other candidates who won yesterday, according to the unofficial results are:

•    Fau T. Sai of District 2 Manu’a #2 in which the incumbent didn’t seek re-election;

•    Tupua Shawn Va’a of District 3 Vaifanua replaces incumbent Lavea Fatulegae’e P. Mauga;

•    Gene Luaitaua Pan of District 5 Sua #1 replaces incumbent Fialupe Felila Fiaui Lutu;

•    Loia Gtu of District 6 Sua #2 replaces incumbent Matagi Malotumau D. Sialega Mauga;

•    Vesiai Poyer Samuelu of District #9 Ma’oputasi #3 replaces incumbent Ve’evalu Meauta Lauoi Mageo

•    Logoituau Mark T. Atafua for District 12 Ituau, which has two seats — he replaces incumbent Sala Sataua Dr. Mataese Samuelu;

•    Larry S. Sanitoa of District 15 Tualauta (which has two seats) replaces incumbent Vui;

Candidates or voters have until 4:30 p.m on Nov. 13th to file a complaint contesting election results in the High Court. It’s also on Nov. 13th that the results are made official by the Election Office.


House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale, the longest serving House member, regained his seat for District 14 Alataua; and House Vice Speaker and Chairman of the House Rules Committee, Rep. Fetu Fetui Jr., one of the two faipule for District 1 Manu’a #1 was also successful in his re election bid.