10 Nov 2014

Tonga Democrats: rule of law 'weak'

6:48 am on 10 November 2014

The only party fielding a candidate in each of the 17 constituencies in the Tonga election says improving the rule of law is one of their key aims.

Tonga Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva.

Tonga Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva. Photo: RNZ

The Democrats have formed the opposition over the past four years but hope a more cohesive campaign will take them into power on November the 27th.

Their leader, Akilisi Pohiva, says their priority is greater accountability and transparency, and he says improved rule of law will flow from this.

"The rule of law is very, very weak, very weak and we have to make sure that the rule of law is strong and there is a lot of work to be done to make sure that the rule of law is there to provide equal justice for everybody. It is very very important, the rule of law."

Akilisi Pohiva says having all MPs elected by the people is part of their accountability push.