23 Nov 2007

Early election results from Marshall Islands indicate a possible change of government

11:09 am on 23 November 2007

Early results from Monday's national election in the Marshall Islands show the opposition party winning a Parliamentary majority after eight years out of power.

Four or five ruling party party incumbents are in danger of losing their seats on present voting trends.

Our correspondent in the Marshall Islands, Giff Johnson, says so far about 40 percent of the vote has been counted.

However, he says numbers for some seats could change.

"There is a wild card in the postal ballot that will be coming in from the United States and by law can not be counted until December 3. So even if we get unofficial final results for the domestic vote because some of races of these races are literally deciding by 3 or 4 or 5 votes, the fact that there are hundreds and hundreds and possibly thousands of postal absentee ballots coming from the US and Guam and other places where Marshall Islanders live, that could skew the results one way or the other."