13 Feb 2006

100% turnout for Tokelauan referendum voting in Samoa

7:47 am on 13 February 2006

There has been a one hundred per cent turn out in the first stage of voting on whether Tokelau should seek limited independence in free association with New Zealand.

More than 600 Tokelauns have registered to vote in the referendum.

A total of 90 voters, mostly public servants, students and medical patients temporarily away from Tokelau, cast their ballot in Apia in Samoa over the weekend.

Further voting will take place in Tokelau itself during the week.

A result is expected on Thursday evening