Eligible voter registration drive a success
The Electoral Commission’s door-to-door voter registration campaign is proving to be a success with close to 500 new voters registered.
Electoral Commissioner, Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio, told the Samoa Observer that new voters have been signed up under the initiative which he emphasised had only begun in Vaimauga and part of Faleata.
"We are expecting that number to grow as we go around the country," he said.
According to Faimalo, the drive so far has been very successful, but has not been without its challenges.
"There are always challenges. But we are managing as we move along."
The Office of the Electoral Commissioner [O.E.C.] has urged residences with unregistered voters to hang a white cloth in front of their houses.
“On the first day of our drive, we noticed a lot of households have already registered [as] eligible [voters]. That took up a lot of time," the Electoral Commissioner said.
"With the [Gagaifomauga No. 3] by-election being triggered, we had to come up with a strategy that’ll save time but will not compromise the outcome we’ve set out for this work.
"So we’ve been urging families who require [a] voter registration service to let us know by hanging a white cloth in front of their homes so that our team can come into their homes and deliver them the voter registration services. Saves time too [and] so far it’s working well.”
Faimalo further stated that he would like to remind families to "please hang out a white cloth in front of their homes."
Aspiring candidates should also not use this opportunity to move eligible to one place for this purpose, the Electoral Commissioner warned.
"Also reminding the candidate not to transport any voters to one place for this purpose. That is unlawful. One of the reasons why we decided to take this work to the homes is to avoid candidates and their committees from transporting people from one village to another for registration,” he said.
"This is our election. We all have a role to play in making it work. We also acknowledge the role of Sui Tamaita’i o Nu’u and Sui o Nu’u and of course the voters for utilising this opportunity."