8 Dec 2011

Unofficial election results show no clear majority in Marshall Islands

8:08 pm on 8 December 2011

Unofficial results from the Marshall Islands election show that neither side has a clear majority of seats in Parliament.

Postal ballots from voters living in the US have upended three high-profile candidates, including incumbents Amenta Matthew, the current health minister, and a former foreign minister,Gerald Zackios.

Our correspondent, Giff Johnson says it looks like the incumbent President Jurelang Zedkaia may have a majority of one, which is the same as the previous house.

"It's a very narrow majority, and over the next two or three weeks, in the lead up to the January sitting, of Parliament, that's when we'll see what coalitions are built, who gets pulled in from what side to from a government. But at this point, my observation is that it's pretty wide open."

Giff Johnson says the Electoral Administration expects to issue the final unofficial results by Friday.