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Constitution of the Independent State of Samoa
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This Table which is compiled by the Office of the Clerk for the use of Parliament, the Department of the Legislative Assembly and for general information contains the List of Acts of Samoa and Samoa Regulations in force as at 31st December 2008 and those which have been passed to come into force at a later date.
Listing of Acts is an ongoing process; with additions of new Acts and new Regulations and deletions of repealed Acts and revoked Regulations.
The Constitution is reprinted following the passing of each Constitution Amendment Act, the last being the 25th January 2005 Reprint. The last reprint of the Electoral Act 1963 was on 1st February 2006, and the last reprint of the Legislative Assembly Powers and Privileges Act 1960 was on 10th January 2006.
Reprinted Acts 1977 and 1997 are indexed in the appropriate sequence.
All Acts are in the Samoan and English languages but the Reprinted Acts, except for the Constitution and the Electoral Act 1963 are in the English language only. For that reason, copies of all Principal Acts and Amendment Acts are available for sale as well as copies of Reprints.
The Acts can be browsed free of charge on the Parliament website: www.parliament.gov.ws. Downloading is not possible as required by the Acts Interpretation Act 1974. Copies of Acts and Regulations are procurable by purchase at the Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly.
Although the information on this Table is prepared with care, the List is for information only and no guarantee is given that the information is complete, accurate or up to date or it can be relied upon for any particular purpose. The Clerk does not accept any responsibility for inaccuracies or omissions.
Please contact the Clerk, Telephone 0685 21816 or Fax 0685 21817 if you need to verify the accuracy of any information contained in this Table.
Fepuleai Atila M Ropati
CLERK OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY
31st December 2008
List of Abbreviations
* - Acts passed but has not yet come into force
SSR - Samoa Statutes Reprint (Volume 1-6)
S.R. - Samoa Regulation
s - Section
ss - Sections
Sav - Savali
SOb - Samoa Observer
Gaz - Samoan Gazette
NL - NewsLine
Sch - Schedule
1st Sch - First Schedule
2nd Sch - Second Schedule
6th Sch - Sixth Schedule
Pts - Parts
CONSTITUTION OF THE INDEPENDENT STATE OF SAMOA
IN THE HOLY NAME OF GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, THE EVER LOVING
WHEREAS sovereignty over the Universe belongs to the Omni-present God alone, and the authority to be exercised by the people of Samoa within the limits prescribed by His commandments is a sacred heritage; WHEREAS the Leaders of Samoa have declared that Samoa should be an Independent State based on Christian principles and Samoan custom and tradition; AND WHEREAS the Constitutional Convention, representing the people of Samoa, has resolved to frame a Constitution for the Independent State of Samoa; WHEREIN the State should exercise its powers and authority through the chosen representatives of the people; WHEREIN should be secured to all the people their fundamental rights; WHEREIN the impartial administration of justice should be fully maintained; AND WHEREIN the integrity of Samoa, its independence, and all its rights should be safeguarded; NOW THEREFORE, we the people of Samoa in our Constitutional Convention, this twenty-eighth day of October 1960, do hereby adopt, enact, and give to ourselves this Constitution.