14 Nov 2014

Tonga court to urgently hear Electoral Commission's appeal

7:23 pm on 14 November 2014

Tonga's Court of Appeal will hold a special session on Thursday to urgently hear an appeal by the Chairman of the Electoral Commission against a judgement to register Sione Tupouniua as an election candidate.

Mr Tupouina was rejected as a candidate for the Tongatapu Number 1 electorate because he handed his application in late.

But the Supreme Court ruled that he had fulfilled all nomination requirements, and the Electoral Commission was aware that Mr Tupouina intended to nominate.

Matangi Tonga reports that judges have been recalled, and the appeal will be heard urgently due to the elections being only two weeks away.