21 Oct 2011

Voting gets underway in Kiribati

10:00 am on 21 October 2011

Voting is underway in the first round of the Kiribati general election.

Voters are choosing from 137 candidates for the more than 40 seats in Parliament.

About 40-thousand people have registered to vote in today's election.

Police will be patrolling to ensure voting goes smoothly, but are not anticipating any problems.

Megan Whelan reports from Tarawa.


At a polling station on Bairiki, a steady stream of people queued to vote before doors opened. Officials say many people wanted to vote before going to work. The polls are open till 6 o'clock this evening but the turnout in the urban areas of Tarawa is not expected to be high. The results from this first round of voting are expected to be known by tomorrow morning.