28 Sep 2011

Nominations for Kiribati elections about to close

3:13 pm on 28 September 2011

Nominations for the general elections in Kiribati close tomorrow, following which ballot papers will be printed and delivered to the 23 electoral districts.

The country is due to go to the polls on October the 21st, with a run-off election to be held the following week.

The Chief Electoral Officer, Rini Ueara, says electoral officers are now on each island conducting awareness campaigns.

"We're trying to encourage them by saying how important the elections are. We're trying to tell them how to fill in the ballot paper, because in the past we've always has a high number of invalid papers. From the census report, now it's about 60,000 people who are 18 and over, and we are trying to get close to that number."

She says because voting isn't compulsory, previous elections in Kiribati have seen low turnout.