30 Mar 2015

Tuvalu elections to take place on Tuesday

12:12 pm on 30 March 2015

Tuvalu will go to the polls tomorrow to vote in elections that have been twice postponed due to the widespread damage caused by cyclone Pam.

The current Prime Minister, Enele Sopoaga, says the country's state of emergency was lifted on Friday, which means the election can now go ahead.

Mr Sopoaga says there was no way an election could have been held on its original date because of the scale of damage and displacement in the country.

"I think it was simply right and necessary to attend to the lives of the people that were affected by cyclone Pam and make sure things are OK for them before we can finalise the dates for general elections and I'm so happy with the support and understanding of the people of Tuvalu.

Tuvalu, beach, vaka ama, canoe, Pacific

Postponed elections due on Tuesday Photo: RNZI

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