Samoa confirms 128,848 registered voters prior to general elections

The Office of the Electoral Commission has confirmed that total roll is following the removal of 3673, which was the total number of deceased voters.

The three-day pre-polling window has been set by the office of the Electoral Commission prior to the official Election Day on 9 April.

Election Officials to work for the OEC during Election Day are also eligible to vote during the pre-polling stages.

155 Samoan seasonal workers depart for New Zealand

The workers departed Samoa’s Faleolo International Airport on a special flight Thursday.

This is the second group of workers to arrive in New Zealand to take up work under the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme.

About 780 seasonal workers are expected to travel to New Zealand over the coming months.


Photo NZ High Commission in Samoa/Facebook Caption: Part of the group of 155 seasonal workers waiting to board their flight at Samoa's Faleolo International Airport 


Nearly 130,000 voters registered for Samoa’s General Elections

The final roll was confirmed by the Office of the Electoral Commission to Savali Newspaper.

The 128,848 is the official number following the removal of 3673, which was the total number of deceased voters.

With the rolls finalized, the Electoral Commissioner Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio said the OEC has been proactive in following the remaining steps required to prepare for April.

The preparations include a training of volunteers to serve under the OEC during the Elections.

More teams likely to participate in second round of Matafala Siumu 7s

The registration fees for interested teams for round two is $200 and $300 for the third round.

The hosts won the first round after defeating Poutasi, Falealili 12-5 in the main final that was held last Saturday 16 January at the Palalaua College Field.

Poutasi finished runner’s up of the competition, Saanapu-Tai came in third place and Saanapu-Uta finished in fourth.

The second round of the tournament will be held on Saturday.


Samoa’s international airport receives Airport Health Accreditation

This means that after a grueling process of evaluation the airport has been certified to be a safe and health conscious airport under the Airport Health Accreditation programme.

“After reviewing the evidence presented through our evaluation process, your airport has shown that it is providing a safe airport experience for all travelers which is in line with the recommended health measures established in the ACI Aviation Business Restart and Recovery guidelines and ICAO Council Aviation Recovery Task Force Recommendations, along with industry best practices.

Chef Robert Oliver on steering a Pacific food revolution

Oliver is the creator of Pacific Island Food Revolution, a televised contest in which people compete to create the best dish with ingredients from countries such as Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.

He said the show aimed to encourage Pacific Island people to eat healthier, more traditional foods and to spice up the tourism industry by getting island restaurants offering tasty local dishes.

Many imported foods that have become popular among Pacific Island people are highly processed and contain large amounts of fat, sugar and salt.

Samoa’s Vailima Marist 7s kicks off early this year

The country’s biggest sevens tournament will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

Previously the competition was held in February.

This year will mark the 33rd year of the tournament.

Teams such  as Taumeasina Island Resort Moataa and Tamauli Salelologa are expected to feature again in the competition.


Samoa’s Electoral Act amendments to be tabled in parliament

 However, none of the amended sections will affect any process or procedure related to the general elections in April.

The Samoa’s Electoral Commissioner, Faimalomatumua Matthew Lemisio confirmed this, yesterday (Monday).

Faimalomatumua said most of the amendments are in response to issues that surfaced in Court, during recent candidate eligibility petitions.

Close to 20 petitions were heard by the Supreme Court of Samoa following the closure of election candidate registrations in October last year.

Samoan RSE workers prepare to leave for New Zealand

The group will be the first of several groups taking up employment under the Recognised Seasonal Employment scheme (RSE) over the next few weeks.

Earlier in the week, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi spoke to about 100 seasonal workers reminding them that their attitude determined their success.

“Your attitude is your most important quality. When you are there, do not do anything stupid that it will have you sent back to Samoa and you may never get your chance to work on these opportunities again,” he said.

Samoa expects Covid-19 vaccines to arrive next month

The Samoa Observer reports Tuilaepa was speaking during his weekly programme on Wednesday with TV3 Samoa.

He added that the first to be injected with the vaccine are frontline workers before the rest of the nation.

"We expect a portion of vaccines intended for Samoa to arrive next month and we will start with those at our borders ensuring our security," he said.

"This is very good news for Samoa, it is very good news for Samoa that the lifeboat is very near. And may God continue his protection over Samoa until then."