20 Oct 2011

Candidate for Kiribati election withdraws at last minute

7:03 am on 20 October 2011

A candidate who has withdrawn at the last minute from the Kiribati election says people are more interested in the cost of living than issues of climate change.

Kiribati goes to the polls tomorrow for the first of two rounds of voting.

The director of the Kiribati campus of the university of the South Pacific, Dr Ueantabo McKenzie, was standing in the South Tarawa constituency but withdrew just days before polling.

Dr McKenzie says while climate change is an issue on the national and international stage, it's not something that most people are talking about.

"At the level of the constituency of South Tarawa it's basically those issue that they face every day. But I'm sure, that will be an issue that will come up at the next stage of the election, when we have the Presidential elections. But at this stage people are raising issues that are more meaningful to them."

Dr Ueantabo McKenzie says people are worried about access to basic services and education, and the increasing cost of living.