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33 parliamentary seats up for grabs

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Nov. 21, 2011) – Preliminary results from the national election in the Marshall Islands are expected later this morning.

Voting officially closed at 7pm last night and counting started at 9pm.

The Electoral Administration says about 36,000 people were registered to elect the 33-seat parliament’s members.

RNZI correspondent Giff Johnson says voter turnout was particularly heavy yesterday morning.

He says a return to an older voting system has enabled people to cast their votes more quickly than in the previous election.

[PIR editor’s note: Polling stations were said to have "solid lines, plenty of interest, and people showing up," according to Johnson, who also says it is likely that many votes will be cast by thousands of Marshall Islanders living in the United States.]

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