12 May 2014

Tonga's provisional electoral roll out this week

6:06 am on 12 May 2014

Voters in Tonga will have access to the provisional electoral rolls from Thursday this week as the country prepares for elections on November the 27th.

It will be just the second poll under a greater degree of democracy brought in 2008 after years of campaigning by pro-democracy advocates.

The Supervisor of Elections, Pita Vuki, says so far they have registered just shy of 50,000 people and this includes about 6000 new voters, mostly people who have reached the voting age in the past four years.

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He says his staff have been visiting villages all over the country since last year to ensure people are registered and now they will be able to check the details.

"The plan is to distribute this provisional roll to our villages through our district town officers and make it available for the people to have a look at it and see if there's any corrections or names and then we will print the final roll in September."

Pita Vuki.