29 April 2019, Apia Samoa. The Office of the Electoral Commissioner (OEC) commenced its Electoral Constituency Outreach programs today aimed at raising awareness on the implications of the new Electoral Act 2019.
The initiative is supported by the Women In Leadership of Samoa (WILS) program.
The outreach program started today with the Sagaga 1 district which includes the villages of Faleula, Aele, Nuu, Solomona-fou, and Tafaigata.
One of the changes discussed was in regards to the Electoral Constituency name, which changes from Sagaga-i-Falefa to Sagaga 1.
Over 40 participants attended from Sui o Nuu, Sui Tamaitai o Nuu and community representatives who engaged with the OEC team in discussions, Q&A sessions and one-on-one conversations to raise awareness and ensure all voters understood the new legislation.
Presentations were made by Mauga Fetogi Vaai, ACEO of the legal division and Faumui Daryl Mapu, ACEO of the Returnees Division.
Members of the community used the opportunity to ask many questions with much of the interest being around new provisions such as compulsory registration and compulsory voting. Many questions and clarifications were also fielded on the interpretation of the Act on provisions such as transfers.
The Office of the Electoral Commissioner’s vision statement is “for the people of Samoa to embrace and participate in free, fair and inclusive elections.”
“Thank you to all the interactive participants of the Sagaga 1 district for valuing your time to attend our awareness program.”