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147 candidates for November Election

147 candidates for November Election

Download candidates list: Tongan Electoral Commission, Ballot_paper_position.pdf REGISTRATION of candidates closed at 3pm today, with a total of 147 candidates running for the General Election on November 25. After 4:00pm candidates were called for each constituency and drew a number, being their position on the ballot paper, upon police supervision inside the Electoral Commission office in Nuku’alofa. At 6:45pm the Electoral Supervisor Pita Vuki on Radio Tonga read out the names of the candidates for the 17 constituencies. The Chairman of the Electoral Commission Barry Sweetman said October 21-22 were set aside as registration days and aspiring candidates filed their registration in Tongatapu and in offices in the outer islands. He said on October 21 the commission received 83 registrations in Nuku’alofa with an additional 28 registered in the outer islands making a total of 111 registrations for day one. On Day two and final day of registration a further 26 registrations were received in Nuku’alofa with an additional 10 registered in the outer islands. This brought the total number of candidates for the November Election to 147 in Tonga. He said the most popular constituency was Tongatapu 6 and 9 with 15 candidates each and the smallest was Ha’apai 13, ‘Eua 11 and Niuas 17 with only three candidates each. Download candidates list: Tongan Electoral Commission, Ballot_paper_position.pdf

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