American Samoa looks to strengthen public officeholder vetting

The lower house of American Samoa passed a bill that makes it mandatory for all candidates for public office in American Samoa to go through criminal background checks. Representative Faimealelei Anthony Allen, of Maoputasi V County, had sponsored a bill that pertained to the candidacy for the local House of Representatives and the delegates to Congress. There was a second reading where the candidates for governor and lieutenant governor were also added to the list for the mentioned screening process. Faimealelei explained that further investigation will not be undertaken by the Election Office if a candidate declines any past...

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