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Voter turnout lower at this year’s district & town officers’ election

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 04/06/2019

There was a decrease in the voter turnout for this year’s district and town officers’ election in comparison to the last election in 2016. The Electoral Commission recorded a 43% voter turnout following last week’s election, in comparison to 47% in 2016.

The Supervisor of Election – Pita Vuki confirmed the results of the district and town officers’ election last Saturday and told Radio & TV Tonga News this morning 15 of the 23 district officers were re-elected while for the town officers, 84 of 155 in total were re-elected. He says 5 women were elected in the town officers, 1 for Havelu, Tongatapu, 3 in Ha’apai, and 1 in ‘Eua.

After the result of the election was announced over the weekend, there has been some concerns raised, mainly on social media, regarding the results, but Vuki says they have not received any official complaints at their office. He re-emphasized that the results announced at each polling station at the end of the election is not the final number of votes because there are votes from other polling stations to be added then the finalized result announced by the Electoral Commission, as they had done.

Vuki also supported the polling officials and his staff, saying they have the experience and the skills to truthfully carry out their duties, and he trusts them to do so.

The district and town officers elected will begin their term on the 1st of July.

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