Elections in Samoa

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At the national level, Samoa elects a legislature. The Fono or Legislative Assembly has 49 members elected for a five year term, 47 members out of the matai (traditional heads of families) in six two-seat, 35 single-seat constituencies, and 2 members by the non-Samoan nationals. The head of state is elected for a five year term by the parliament.

The voting age in Samoa is 21.

Samoa has a two-party system, which means that there are two dominant political parties.

Latest election[edit]

e • d Results for the 2011 Samoan parliamentary election
Parties List votes % Seats (list and nominal)
Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) 48,771 55.6 36
Tautua Samoa Party (TSP) 21,692 24.7 13
Independents 17,311 19.7 0
Total 87,774   49
Source: Samoa General Elections, 2011

Past elections[edit]


Below is a list of recent by-elections:

Election Date Reason Winner
1998 A'ana Alofi No 1 By-election 24 July 1998 Disqualification of Suafo'a Lautusi Maiava Visekota Peteru (HRRP)
1998 Faleata East By-election 28 August 1998 Appointment of Matai'a Visesio Europa to Council of Deputies Patau'ave Etuale (SNDP)
1999 Fa’asalele’aga No 1 By-election 21 May 1999 Death of Tofilau Eti Alesana Seumanu Aita Ah Wa (HRRP)
2002 Faleata East By-election 2002 Appointment of Faumuina Anapapa to Council of Deputies Lepou Petelo II
2002 Alataua West By-election 30 November 2002 Death of Alii-male-manu Sasa Ta’atiti Alofa (SNDP)
2003 Alataua West By-election 1 August 2003 Death of Ta’atiti Alofa Unknown (HRRP)
2004 Fa’asalele’aga No 1 By-election 19 March 2004 Death of Seumanu Aita Ah Wa Unknown
2004 A'ana Alofi No 1 By-election 26 November 2004 Aiono Tile Gafa (HRRP)
2005 Anoama'a East By-election 2005 Elevation of Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi to Council of Deputies Unknown
2005 Anoama'a West By-election March 2005 Resignation of Tagaloa Tuala Kerslake Unknown (HRRP)
2006 Fa’asalele’aga No 2 By-election 24 September 2006 Election of Pa’u Sefo Pa’u declared invalid Rita Pa’u Letoa (HRRP)
2006 Aleipata Itupa-I-Lalo By-election 6 October 2006 Election of Paepae Kapeli Su’a declared invalid Muagututi’ a Siaosi Meredith (HRRP)
2006 Fa’asalele’aga No 4 By-election 6 October 2006 Election of Mulitalo Sealiimalietoa Siafausa Vui declared invalid Vui Tupe Ioane (HRRP)
2007 Fa’asalele’aga No 2 By-election 2 February 2007 Election of Rita Pa’u Letoa declared invalid Papalii Samuelu Petaia (HRRP)
2007 Faleata East By-election 23 April 2007 Death of Manuleleua Lalagofaatasi Falaniko Leleua Patau'ave Etuale (HRRP)
2007 Vaimauga West By-election 6 May 2007 Death of Sililoto Tolo Tua'ifaiva Patu Ativalu (HRRP)
2010 Vaisigano No.1 By-election 2 May 2010 Disqualification of Va'ai Papu Vailupe Va'ai Papu Vailupe (TSP)
2010 Faleata West By-election 14 May 2010 Disqualification of Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi Ale Vena Ale (HRPP)
2010 Safata By-election 14 May 2010 Disqualification of Palusalue Fa’apo II Palusalue Fa’apo II (TSP)

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