1968 American Samoan Legislative Election
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1968 American Samoan Legislative Election

Legislative elections were held in American Samoa in November 1968.[1]

Campaign

The elections were held amidst a major debate over whether inhabitants of the territory should seek American citizenship. Further antagonism was caused by Governor Owen Stuart Aspinall vetoing constitutional amendments that would grant the Legislature authority over job appointments and spending.[1]

In June 1968 the Democratic Party of American Samoa affiliated to the American Democratic Party. Party members were in favour of American citizenship and an elected Governor.[1]

The American Samoa Party was established in August, with the objective of retaining the chieftainship system and communal land ownership.[1]

In September the Republicans was formed and affiliated with the American Republican Party. The party opposed American citizenship, the chieftainship system and educational television.[1]

Results

Only five incumbents in the 20-seat House of Representatives were re-elected.[1] Party affiliation was unclear, with the Democratic Party estimated to have nine members, the Republicans five and the American Samoa Party two; the remaining four members were independents.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g 1968 a controversial year in American Samoa Pacific Islands Monthly, January 1969, pp34, 153, 155

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