Tongan Officials To Recount Votes In Ha‘apai

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Electoral challenge filed by candidate who lost by 3 votes

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Dec 4, 2014) – An electoral challenge has been launched at the last minute in Tonga, meaning one of the Ha'apai constituencies will be recounted.

Radio Tonga reports an application was submitted to the Governors office in Ha'apai by Mo'ale Finau, who lost last week's vote to Viliami Hingano by just three votes.

The application was made a matter of hours before the deadline for such challenges.

Election Office officials are expected to travel to Ha'apai to conduct the recount.

[PIR editor's note: Matangi Tonga also reported that 'The Supervisor of Elections has received two complaints against two newly elected Vava’u People’s Representatives for alleged breach of campaign regulations, on Wednesday 3 December. ... Pita Vuki said the complaints are against the Vava’u no. 15 PR Samiu Vaipulu submitted by an unsuccessful candidate from the same constituency, Tomifa Paea. The other complaint was against Vava’u no. 16 PR ‘Etuate Lavulavu, filed by a group of people. ... “Since we have just received the complaints and are starting to gather information regarding them, I can only confirm the complaints are in regards to alleged breach of regulations in their election campaigns,” he said.']

The Interim Speaker Lord Tupou says he is hopeful the process is complete soon so the selection process for a Prime Minister designate can be complete by Christmas.

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