21 Sep 2009

Tonga deputy PM wants elections in November 2010

3:10 pm on 21 September 2009

The Tongan Deputy Prime Minister wants elections to be held in November next year.

Matangi Tonga reports that Dr Viliami Tangi urged Tonga's Legislative Assembly last week to support the Prime Minister to amend the constitution to confirm an election date now, rather than wait for the report from the Constitutional and Electoral Commission.

The Commission is due to report back to the Assembly in November on the nature of the political reform that should be put in place.

Dr Tangi's suggestion comes before issues such as the composition of Parliament are resolved.

As well, the type of electoral system to be used is also undecided, with block voting and single seat constituencies two possible options.

The Government had earlier indicated that an early election would be held a year early, in 2010, once a more democratic system was agreed upon.