10 Mar 2016

Kiribati presidential vote count runs through night

9:15 am on 10 March 2016

Vote counting in Kiribati's presidential election went into the late hours last night after the country went the polls yesterday to choose the man to succeed Anote Tong as its leader.

Voting for the nation's fifth since the country became independent in 1979 was conducted smoothly despite bad weather yesterday.

The candidates include two from the BTK party, Rimeta Beniamina and Tianeti Ioane, while Taaneti Mamau is the nominee of a coalition that formed among the former opposition.

There was a late rush on the polls yesterday evening after civil servants finished their work shifts.

Our correspondent Ros Terubea says firm results, and turnout figures, will be known today.