7 Sep 2017

Tongan candidates to be confirmed by Sept 28

6:10 pm on 7 September 2017

Aspiring politicians in Tonga now have three weeks to gather enough support to gain nomination for the elections on November 16.

Pita Vuki

Pita Vuki Photo: RNZ/Koro Vaka'uta

King Tupou VI has issued the Writs of Election, confirming the election which was brought forward a year after last month's dissolution of parliament.

The Supervisor of Elections, Pita Vuki, said the next step would be the nomination of candidates to be held on September 27 and 28.

"At least 50 persons from each constitutency will have to nominate a candidate. All of them will have to be registered voters in their respective consitituencies.

"There are fees of 400 pa'anga also accompanied by a clearance letter from [the] courts."

Pita Vuki said the updating of the electoral roll would be complete by next Friday.

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