1967 Western Samoan general election

General elections were held in Western Samoa on 25 February 1967. All candidates ran as independents and voting was restricted to Matai and citizens of European origin ("individual voters"), with the Matai electing 45 MPs and Europeans two.[1] Following the election, Fiame Mata'afa Faumuina Mulinu'u II remained Prime Minister.

1967 Western Samoan general election

← 1964 25 February 1967 1970 →

All 47 seats in the Fono
  First party
Party Independents
Last election 47 seats
Seats won 47
Seat change Steady

Prime Minister before election

Fiame Mataʻafa Faumuina Mulinuʻu II

Subsequent Prime Minister

Fiame Mataʻafa Faumuina Mulinuʻu II


A total of 126 candidates contested the 45 Samoan seats, with five running in the individual voter seats.[2]

Although voting was restricted to matais, the ability of traditional chiefs to create new matai led to significant changes in voter demographics in some areas, with the number of matais more than doubling since 1961. In Vaisigano No. 1 constituency, the number of matais increased from 139 in 1965 to over 1,400 by the 1967 elections. Trucks had been sent out to collect people and register them as matai, including many women, who were traditionally rarely made matai.[3][4]


Sixteen MLAs lost their seats, including Minister of Education Papali'i Poumau.[4] Surprising defeats included Afoafouvale Misimoa in Palauli East and Tufuga Efi in Vaisigano No. 1.[5]

Party Votes % Seats
Independents 7,394 100 47
Invalid/blank votes 64
Total 7,458 100 47
Registered voters/turnout 8,184
Source: Nohlen et al.

By constituencyEdit

Constituency Candidate Votes Notes
Individual voters Peter Paul 587 Elected
Fred Betham 539 Re-elected
Thomas Ott 424
Peter Plowman 223
Source: Pacific Islands Monthly


Following the elections, members of the Legislative Assembly elected Magele Ate as Speaker and Tuala Paulo as Deputy Speaker.[4] Fiame Mata'afa was re-elected as Prime Minister, and formed an eight-member cabinet on 17 March, including three new ministers, Luamanuvae Eti, Lesatele Rapi and Tuaopepe Tame.[4]

Position Minister
Prime Minister Fiame Mata'afa
Minister for Agriculture Laufili Time
Minister for Education Tuaopepe Tame
Minister for Finance Fred Betham
Minister for Health Luamanuvae Eti
Minister of Justice Ulualofaiga Talamaivao
Minister for Land and Land Registry To'omata Lilomaiava Tua
Minister for the Post Office, Radio and Broadcasting Faalavaau Galu
Minister for Works and Transport Lesatele Rapi

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen, Florian Grotz & Christof Hartmann (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume II, p782 ISBN 0-19-924959-8
  2. ^ W. Samoan election Pacific Islands Monthly, February 1967, p13
  3. ^ Matai—by the truckload Pacific Islands Monthly, March 1967, p20
  4. ^ a b c d Mata'afa will lead independent Western Samoa for third term Pacific Islands Monthly, April 1967, p9
  5. ^ Upsets in Western Samoan election Pacific Islands Monthly, March 1967, p11

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