Speaker Confirms Puleleiite Is Stepping Down

House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale has confirmed that Sua Faipule Puleleiite Tufele Jr. has given notice of his intention to vacate his House seat.

Calls and an email sent to Puleleiite last evening were not answered.

House Speaker Savali confirmed that Puleleiite has written him saying that he intends to vacate his district seat at the end of this month.

Puleleiite is currently, Chairman of the Board of the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority and also Interim CEO of ASTCA.

Election Commissioner, Dr. Uiagalelei Lealofi said once an official resignation is tendered, the governor would declare a writ of vacancy and call a new election.

Uiagalelei said constituents of Sua District had already made enquiries concerning the House seat that Puleleiite has occupied for four terms.

Under the American Samoa Constitution, an employee of the American Samoa Government cannot serve as a member of the House of Representatives,  at the same time they are employed by the government.

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