(a) Application forms shall be made available by the Chief Election Officer for those persons who wish to serve as district officials on election day. The Secretary of Samoan Affairs or his designee shall submit a list of all local government officials i.e. fa’alupega, pulenu’u and leoleo nu’u to the Chief Election Officer not later than 4:30 p.m. on the 10th day prior to the deadline for filing of candidate nomination petitions. The Chief Election Officer shall appoint, from the list of local government officials and the application forms, the district officials by representative district not later than 4:30 p.m. on the 10th day prior to any election.
(b) In assigning the district officials, the following criteria shall be as followed:
(1) The district officials shall be registered qualified electors of the district in which they serve; but if qualified persons in the district are not readily available to serve, they may by chosen from without the district.
(2) The Chief Election Officer may designate more district officials than are needed in order to create a pool of qualified district officials who may be assigned to fill vacancies or to perform those duties as needed in any district. If more qualified persons than are needed for a district desire to serve in that district, service shall be determined by experience in conducting prior elections.
(3) No parent, spouse, child, or sibling of a candidate is eligible to serve as a district official in any district in which votes may be cast for that candidate; nor is any candidate for any elective office eligible to serve as a district official in the same election in which he is a candidate. No candidate who failed of nomination in any election is eligible to serve as a district official in the election next following.
(4) Any individual who has actively campaigned for any candidate in any election shall not be eligible to serve as a district official within the district, or in the Territory-wide elections, in which he had actively campaigned.
(c) In case of inability, failure, or refusal of any person so assigned to serve as a district official, the Chief Election Officer shall appoint a person from the pool of qualified district officials to fill the vacancy.
(d) The Chief Election Officer shall investigate any report of involvement by district officials in campaign activities, and, upon confirming such involvement, shall immediately remove the district official from his official duties.History: 1977, PL 15-42 § 1; amd 2002, PL 27-31.