HIGH TURNOUT IN EARLY TOKELAU POLLING

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Feb. 12) – There has been a 100 percent turnout in the first stage of voting on whether Tokelau should seek limited independence in free association with New Zealand.

More than 600 Tokelauns have registered to vote in the referendum.

A total of 90 voters, mostly public servants, students and medical patients temporarily away from Tokelau, cast their ballot in Apia in Samoa over the weekend.

Further voting will take place in Tokelau itself during the week.

A result is expected on Thursday evening

February 13, 2006

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com

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