22 Nov 2011

Premliminary results from Marshall Islands elections expected today

5:54 am on 22 November 2011

Preliminary results from the national election in the Marshall Islands are expected later this morning.

Voting officially closed at 7pm last night and counting started at 9pm.

The Electoral Administration says about 36,000 people were registered to elect the 33-seat parliament's members.

Our correspondent, Giff Johnson, says voter turnout was particularly heavy yesterday morning.

He says a return to an older voting system has enabled people to cast their votes more quickly than in the previous election.