|Description of electoral system:|
- The monarch is hereditary. Upon the death of Chief Tanumafili II MALIETOA, a
new chief of state will be elected by the Legislative Assembly to serve a 5-year
- In the Legislative Assembly (Fono), 47 members are elected from village-based electorates and 2 members are elected by independent voters with no village affiliation, all to serve 5-year terms.*
*People twenty-one years and over can vote, but only chiefs (matai) may stand for election to the Fono from the 41 village-based electorates. 4 of the larger electorates have 2 representatives each in the Fono.