23 Apr 2010

Tongan voters to have ID cards

6:51 am on 23 April 2010

Tongan voters will be required to have identification cards as the country heads into democratic elections in November.

The country's politicians have this week signed off on legislation that will ensure the majority of MPs are popularly elected for the first time when the country goes to the polls on November the 25th.

Our correspondent, Mateni Tapueluelu reports that in the King's speech closing the current session of Parliament mention was made of a number changes that would be necessary ahead of the vote.

"He mentioned that there would have to be work done still to ensure that democratic elections will take place smoothly and he mentioned that there will now be a national identification for voters, that they will use now in voting, to make sure one person, one vote."

It's expected that Tongans living overseas will have the right to vote as long as they've got the requisite ID cards.