21 Oct 2011

Long wait in Betio as Kiribati votes

4:12 pm on 21 October 2011

People are waiting up to two hours to vote at some stations on the main Kiribati town of Betio."

Kiribati is today holding the first round of its parliamentary election.

The Betio electoral officer, Eliza Tokataake says about half the 6000 registered voters have been able to vote.

"Some people in one ward have been waiting almost two hours. And they're still waiting. But we will try to solve this problem by calling out names. And one queue for those who know their numbers.

Eliza Tokataake says she believes everyone will be able to vote before polls close at 6 o'clock.

There have also been disputes over the order of the printed ballot paper, but the Electoral Commission has met, and will advertise on the radio explaining ballot papers are printed alphabetically.