by tauatalatala.com staff
Lolo M. Moliga and Lemanu P. Mauga are sworn into office today as the new governor and lieutenant governor of American Samoa. In American Samoa’s General Election held Nov. 6, 2012, the Lolo and Lemanu team topped the election with the most votes, however, under American Samoa law the gubernatorial candidate must garner 51 percent of votes to win the election. A special run-off election was held Nov. 20, 2012 between outgoing Lt. Gov. Faoa Aitofele Sunia and his running mate Taufete’e John Faumuina and the Lolo and Lemanu team. Lolo and Lemanu won the race with 52 percent.
U.S. media reports have said that social media played a big role in the elections of 2012. It is not clear if the internet and social media helped Lolo and Lemanu win the election. A campaign cover photo posted on Facebook indicates that their campaign did utilize a Web site as well as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr. Their campaign slogan was “People First.”
Via Facebook, one resident of American Samoa called today’s inauguration a “New Year, New Administration, New Era for American Samoa.”
“A lot of changes are about to happen and I pray for good changes,” said the Facebook user. “The new administration once said that they will not bring in retirees but, oh well, it's happening.”
In the same status, the Facebook user wished the new administration well, adding, “God bless you both and God bless American Samoa.”