KIRIBATI ELECTION RESULT INCONCLUSIVE, SECOND VOTE NEEDED

TARAWA, Kiribati (September 25, 1998 - Radio Australia)---Wednesday's national election in Kiribati has failed to produce clear results in several electorates, and a second vote could be held next week.

Under Kiribati law, a candidate must secure at least 50 percent of the vote to win. But results from 13 of the 42 electorates did not produce a clear winner, and it now seems likely a second round of voting will be held for those parliamentary seats next Wednesday.

The record field of 191 candidates may have been a contributing factor to the large number of inconclusive results.

Former Kiribati President Ieremia Tabai is one of the candidates for Parliament who will have to face a second vote.

The Parliament will meet next month to elect a new President, who will then form a Government. Current President Teburoro Tito is seeking re-election.

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