25 Nov 2011

Tonga women's group head wants re-think on how parliament elected

4:34 am on 25 November 2011

One year on from Tonga's historic election of a more democratic parliament, there's a call for a new approach to how MPs are elected.

On November 25th last year Tongans elected a majority of their MPs for the first time.

But the head of the Women's and Children's Crisis Centre's, Ofa ki-levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki, says the new system is not working.

She says it's led to little change in social and economic policy as had been expected.

Ms Guttenbeil Likiliki says MPs have gone into the legislature without thought out programmes.

"And I think it goes back to the need for us to relook at the system of parliament, the system of what kind of structure do we want, because obviously this one is not working. And I mean there's also the other side of the argument that it's still in its infancy, but despite that, I would have liked to see some more substantive changes in Parliament."

Ofa ki-levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki of the Tonga's Women's and Children's Crisis Centre's.