23 Oct 2010

147 candidates sign up for Tonga's general elections

7:31 am on 23 October 2010

About 147 candidates have signed up for Tonga's general elections after registration closed yesterday afternoon.

The election next month will see Tongans vote for the majority of their MPs for the first time.

Matangi Tonga online reports the the most popular constituency was Tongatapu 6 and 9 with 15 candidates each, and the smallest was Ha'apai 13, 'Eua 11 and Niuas 17 with only three candidates each.