19 Nov 2007

Start of Marshalls election marred by delays

2:12 pm on 19 November 2007

There has been a slow and late start to the national election in the Marshall Islands today.

Some candidates have called the process chaos and a mess as many people in Majuro were unable to cast their votes to elect a new parliament when polls were due to open.

Giff Johnson reports.

"The polling stations are supposed to open at 7 am; the first one opened just before eight but even by 12 noon not even half of the approximately 60 stations were open and I've got say it's just a lack of organisation and incompetence."

Giff Johnson in Majuro