4 Oct 2017

Women in the running for Tongan elections

From , 6:02 am on 4 October 2017

Fifteen of the 86 candidates who have put their names forward for the Tonga general elections on the 16th of November are women.

In 2014 sixteen women stood for election but there were 104 candidates and there is currently only one woman in Tonga's parliament who won a by-election last year.

The poll is being held a year early after King Tupou VI dissolved parliament on advice from the Speaker that the government was acting unconstitutionally.

Jenny Meyer reports.

The Tongan parliament buildings

The Tongan parliament buildings Photo: Tonga Parliament