general elections

Tongans urged to register and vote

Supervisor of Elections Pita Vuki made the call at a media workshop on Monday this week.

“People should know that they have the opportunity to elect their reps and government at the election and they should exercise that right by voting,” Vuki told media reps at the pre-election workshop.

“That is a critical point for people to understand.”

He said those who are now 21 years old but have not registered to vote can still register now, with the Supplementary Roll containing additional names scheduled to be published on 04 November.

75 candidates register for Tonga election

There are 17 seats in the Tonga parliament for democratically elected members.

Fifteen are incumbents and 11 women are standing, including Losaline Ma'asi, who is the current MP in Tongatapu No 5.

One seat without an incumbent is Tongatapu No 6. - the seat of former deputy prime minister, Sione Vuna Fa'otusia, who died last month.

The other is Vava'u No 16, which has been held at various times by the husband and wife team, 'Etuate and 'Akosita Lavulavau - they were both convicted of corruption and are now serving terms in Hu'atolitoli Prison.

Fire-hit Niue broadcaster gets creative ahead of election

A fire at the BCN's offices last week destroyed the TV studios and editing suite, and seriously damaged the radio studios.

That hit plans for debates, meet-the-candidate sessions and extensive live coverage in the week of the election.

A journalist at the BCN, Sofaia Koroitanoa, said they had ve been scrambling to find ways to cover an election from a temporary office with no broadcasting equipment.

Morrison celebrates 'miracle' win

  He told supporters he had "always believed in miracles" as partial results showed the Liberal-National Coalition close to a majority.

Opposition Labor Party leader Bill Shorten has announced he is resigning after accepting defeat.

Exit polls had suggested a narrow Labor win for the first time in six years.

The final result of the election may not be known for some hours, but with more than 70% of votes counted the Coalition has won, or is ahead in, 74 seats in its quest for a 76-seat majority, with Labor on just 66 seats.


Commonwealth observer group commends Solomon Islands election

In a preliminary statement released over the weekend, its chairperson, former Vanuatu prime minister Sato Kilman, says the group acknowledged the efforts of the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission to conduct the election under the country's new Electoral Act which was brought in just the year before.

Mr Kilman said his group observed some positive aspects of the process and also identified areas that could be improved to enhance the country's democratic process.

Observers hope for smooth Solomons election

The group is made up of eminent persons from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

Mr Kilman said his team of 15 would travel to several provinces including the capital Honiara and observe the organisation and conduct of the election including the environment in which it is held.

Fijians brave heavy rain to vote in election

Weather warnings are in place for the whole of Fiji as more than 550,000 voters make their way to the polling booths.

It is a public holiday in Fiji, which is going to the polls for just the second time in 12 years.

Voters have a choice of 233 candidates, from six political parties, vying for 51 seats.

Voters have been urged to double check where they are due to vote or risk being turned away.

Two-thousand police have been deployed and the military is on stand-by.

The police chief is warning rumour-mongers not to create unnecessary fear.

Fiji goes to the polls on 14 November

Local media report Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama advised President Jioji Konrote to dissolve parliament today.

Bainimarama visited Government House in Suva this morning and he met with President Konrote for about 30 minutes.

Bainimarama returned from New York earlier today.

President Konrote will issue the Writ of Elections on Monday.


Photo file. Caption: A voter casts her vote in the 2014 General Elections in Fiji 


Cook Islanders go to the polls today

Preliminary results are expected to be all in by 10 o'clock tonight local time.

When Prime Minister Henry Puna announced the June 14 date for the general elections less than two months ago, there was a general feeling of relief that there would be only a short lead-up time to polling day.

Long campaign periods have been known to place the small communities in the Cook Islands under considerable pressure as party politics plays a major role in the lives of many.

Tonga Customs CEO resigns to contest general election

Bloomfield will contest the parliamentary seat for Vava’u 15 constituency.

He told Kaniva News he has something significant for his constituency as well as the nation.

Bloomfield said it was not an easy decision but one he had to take.

He has indicated that he will publicly release his contributions including policies he created while at the ministry.

He said it’s important for the people to know.

Bloomfield, who is from Neiafu, was the Head of the Oceania Customs Organisation based in Suva, Fiji.