Samoans get voting

After the first day of pre-polling in Samoa’s general election, the Human Rights Protection Party leads the preliminary count over new party Faatuatua I le Atua Samoa ua Tasi Party. About 8,000 voters can cast their ballots over four days before Friday’s election. The publication of first results has raised questions among commentators as it might influence the remaining voters. The Electoral Commissioner, Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio, says they had decided not to ‘sleep on the results’ and would continue to count and announce the results each day.