3 Aug 2006

Voters in Tuvalu choose new parliament today

10:10 am on 3 August 2006

Voters in Tuvalu will go to the polls today to elect a new parliament for a four-year term.

32 candidates, including two women, are contesting the 15 seats.

One of the women, Annie Homasi, is standing against the prime minister, Maatia Toafa, who was elected in 2004.

The other woman candidate is Emily Koepke, who is the executive director of the Family Planning Association of Tuvalu.

Reports say the two women have been assured that they can get their jobs back if they lose in today's polls.

Mr Toafa and his cabinet have been running the country in a caretaker position since June the 30th.