New Electoral Office to be built
A new office for the Electoral Commission will be built at the site of the old Land and Titles Court precinct in Mulinu'u.
Electoral Commissioner, Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemision, confirmed that $3.5 million has been allocated by the Government for the construction project.
He said the new office will be built by the Ah Liki Construction Company which had the "lowest and responsive" bid in the 10-month tender process.
Currently, the Electoral Commissioner and his staff are using temporary office spaces at the Development Bank of Samoa (D.B.S.) and the National Provident Fund (N.P.F.) Plaza.
Last year, Faimalo confirmed that the $309,584 fund in its 2019/2020 budget is for renting the two office spaces.
The deteriorating state of the old Electoral Office at the old Tofilau Eti Alesana building at Mulinu’u forced the relocation of over 40 staff members.
It is unclear what will happen to the abandoned Electoral Office building. The building, which was built during the colonial administration, was declared unsafe due to its poor state.