23 Dec 2016

Marshall Is seats to be hotly contested

From , 6:05 am on 23 December 2016

More than 140 candidates have registered to run for 45 seats in next year's constitutional convention in the Marshall Islands.

Those who win seats in a February election will decide whether to adopt a series of amendments - the most talked about of which is a change from a parliamentary to a presidential system of government.

Jo O'Brien spoke to RNZ International correspondent Giff Johnson about the candidates standing to be a part of the republic's first constitutional review in more than 20 years.

Marshall Islands parliament

Marshall Islands parliament Photo: Supplied