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Democratisation and Electoral Trends in Samoa

Wood, Terence; Shiu, Roannie Ng; Corbett, Jack


In 1990, the Samoa passed legislation broadening its electoral franchise. Before this, only matai (heads of extended family groupings) had been allowed to vote; from the 1991 general election, the franchise was extended to all registered adult citizens (So'o 2001). As a result, more than four times as many ballots were cast in 1991 than in 1988. Franchise expansion also brought qualitative change in who could vote — because matai are more commonly men, post-1991 there were many more women...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Dept. of Pacific Affairs (DPA) formerly State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program
Date published: 2014
Type: Working/Technical Paper
DOI: 10.25911/5f2000cfa745e
Access Rights: Open Access


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