ELECTIONEERING GETS EARLY START IN TONGA

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (NiuFM, Nov. 23) – The Tonga elections may be on the way, but the fight is on to see who takes the most seats.

Tonga's now heading towards an election next year, thanks to both pro-democracy and Government agreeing that it's time.

But campaigning—and some are claiming unfair, if not dirty campaigning—is already underway in the Kingdom.

Pro-democracy leader Aikilisi Pohiva says Government officials are already appearing on Radio and TV promoting themselves while they continue to be banned.

And Pohiva says they're expecting Government to try to crush them at the polls. (listen)

He agreed that there was likely to be a clamor for seats, with new political parties coming to the fore and candidates from both Australia and New Zealand.

But he says they have their team and they'll be sticking with them but will be looking for two candidates for Vavau and Hapai. (listen)

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