TUVALU POISED FOR NATIONAL ELECTIONS

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26 candidates vie for 15 legislative seats

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Sept. 15, 2010) - Voters in Tuvalu will go to the polls tomorrow to elect a new 15-member parliament for a four-year term.

[PIR editor’s note: As the fourth smallest country in the world, Tuvalu has a population of approximately 13,000 people. With a land area of 26 square kilometers it neighbors with Kiribati, Nauru, Samoa and Fiji.]

26 candidates, including all the sitting Members of Parliament, are contesting the poll.

The secretary to Government, Panapasi Nelesoni, says the polling stations open at eight and close at four, with results beginning to arrive in the capital, Funafuti, by early evening.

"Tuvalu is made up of scattered islands, nine islands altogether, so we will receive the results from the islands via email, and we hope the final results will be in midnight Thursday."

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