Samoa suspends sale of firearms and ammo ahead of vote

Samoa police have suspended the sale of firearms and ammunition ahead of next month's general election.

The Police Commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil, issued the order to businesses which are licensed to import and sell firearms.

His letter was sent out last week and the temporary ban comes into force today.

It's the first general election in Samoa for which such safety measures are put in place.

On election day, a ban on the sale of alcohol will also be imposed.