5 Mar 2011

Large queues at voting polls in Samoa

12:22 pm on 5 March 2011

Large queues are are forming in Apia as people wait to vote in Samoa's general election.

About 100,000 voters will choose from 160 candidates for the country's 49 seat parliament.

Megan Whelan reports from Apia.

"At Matafoa college people are waiting for upto 30 minutes to cast their vote and that wait is expected to get longer as more and more people arrive before polls close at 2 o'clock this afternoon. People are arriving by the bus loads to vote often organised by candidates themselves. Election officials say the morning has been busy around Apia. Turnout is expected to be high after an intensely fought campaign. Two MPs have already been elected unopposed including the care taker prime minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi. Some preliminary results are expected tonight."