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"of the Senate. Senate electoral processes are not designed to achieve this objective for us." There is a system of senatorial elections with a gathering of high-ranking chieftains who select local governors by consensual vote. This procedure does not cover local domestic legislators who are chosen.
Tulafono, who is taking up his second mandate as president and is not allowed to seek a third successive mandate, announced his intentions for changes during a cabinett session last weekend and was quickly reprimanded by some local legislators. Sen. Velega Savali Jr. said he strongly rejects any change, saying that there is a singularity to become a member of the Senate of American Samoa that would be taken away.
Senator Galeai Tuufuli said American Samoa has twice during the recent treaties to keep its present system. Electorates are already being asked to revise the American Samoa bill in November, with a vote on the bill that would give the legislature the power to overturn its veto. Tulafono's suggestion for the Senate election would provide all 18 currently seated in 2016 and extend the term of office from four to six years.
It also suggests that only those who have certain major or matail title are entitled to participate if they are US citizens of Samoa.