16 Apr 2007

Tokelau administration reveal efforts to educate people about self determination vote

7:29 pm on 16 April 2007

A senior legal officer in Tokelau's public service says referendum committees have been set up on each of the three atolls to better educate voters before this year's vote on self determination.

Tokelau is preparing to vote again on independence in free association with New Zealand at the end of the year after a previous vote failed in Febuary 2006.

Senior Legal Officer Lise Hope-Suveinakama says more work needs to be done this year, to inform voters about the vote.

"We've established committees, and also Im doing weekly radio programmes on TeVatai, and also I keep in touch with the village at all times. And we're also planning to spend more time in the village. Like we're looking after the General Fono in May, that in June July and August the legal team will travel to the village to work with the village committees and also we'll have our final big consultations in September with the Council. So y'know there is more work involved."

Mrs Hope-Suveinakama is also the project manager for the constitution project; in charge of referendum activities; involved in village committees and voter education, and she will also oversee the voting process.