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Commonwealth Observer Group congratulated Tonga on a peaceful election

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20th November 2017 The Chair of the Commonwealth Observer Group Hon. Margaret Wilson DNZM congratulated Tonga for participating peacefully, and for turning out in numbers to decide their leaders.

Hon Margaret said in a press conference at Tanoa International Dateline Hotel, last Saturday that she had the privilege to observe the tossing of the coin to decide who will win a noble’s seat.

She also congratulated the two female candidates who won their seats in Tongatapu and Vava’u. She stated that this will be the first time two women will be represented in the house concurrently.

Hon Margaret said voters have a solid understanding of the polling procedures. She revealed that they were delighted to observe a high turn-out of women voters at the election as well as elderly and disabled voters.

The group also found the count to be efficient and methodical, where the result of each polling station was made public immediately after the completion of the count.

The group’s final report will be submitted to the Commonwealth Secretary-General today and from there to the Government of Tonga, the Electoral Commission, Speaker of Parliament and other key stakeholders in Tonga.

The Commonwealth Group Observers will leave Tonga later today.

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