8 Nov 2017

Tongan candidate calls for freedom of information legislation

4:27 pm on 8 November 2017

A candidate in next week's Tonga elections wants what he calls 'right to information' legislation put in place to bring greater transparency to government.

The Royal Oceania Institute's Tevita Motulalo

Tevita Motulalo Photo: RNZI / Koro Vaka'uta

Tevita Motulalo said previous governments had talked about such measures, where people could request information deemed for the public good, but none had implemented it in the house.

Mr Motulalo said it would help bring good governance into Tongan politics, which he said was currently divisive in nature.

He said at the moment information was scarce or came via leaks and rumours.

"There is information flowing to the public but it is very filtered, [has] gone thrown the partisan filters. It doesn't help, especially now when there has been tonnes and tonnes of information getting out there through channels that are not necessarily for the public's interest but in terms of political objectives for certain individuals or parties."

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