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AROUND 51,500 registered voters in Tonga will go to the polls tomorrow, November 27 to elect the new Government.

This year’s general election sees 105 candidates including 16 women who are vying for the 17 People Representatives’ seats in Parliament.

The election starts at 9.00am and finishes at 4.00pm in 169 polling stations throughout Tonga.

Meanwhile Nobles will elect their own Representatives in Parliament for the next four years starting at 10.00 in the morning.

UNDP Parliamentary Research Officer, Ms Silivia ‘Atiola is amongst three recipients of a prestigious Pacific Skills Scholarship offered by Pacific Women’s Parliamentary Partnerships Projected funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The project has three end-of-program objectives and they are:
1) Pacific women parliamentarians including Tongans are supported in their parliamentary and representational work and are better able to use parliamentary mechanisms to raise gender equality issues;

2) Pacific Parliaments Tonga included have improved mechanisms to raise and effectively consider gender equality issues and engage their communities on those issues; and

3) Parliamentary staff have improved capacity to support the gender equality work of parliaments including Tonga.
As part of the placement, Ms. ‘Atiola is expected to:

Lord Fusitu'a with Mr. John Hyde, Deputy Executive Director of the AFPPD
Lord Fusitu'a with the Deputy Prime Minister of Cambodia and Chairlady of CAPPD, Hon. Mrs. Men Sam An, at a reception she hosted on October 24
Lord Fusitu'a on a panel on Transforming Gender and Social Inequality
Lord Fusitu'a representing the Legislative Assembly of Tonga at the 3rd Regional Meeting of the AFPPD on the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls
Lord Fusitu'a again with the Deputy Prime Minister of Cambodia and Chairlady of the CAPPD, Hon. Mrs. Men Sam An
Networking with parliamentarians from the region: The Tongan delegation with the Bhutanese delegation
Group work during the sessions. Also featured is ni-Kiribati parliamentarian, the only other Pacific Island group represented at the regional meeting, Hon. Martin Tofiga
Annual meeting of the Male Standing Committee PVAWG on 26 October
Representing Tonga at the Male Standing Committee on PVAWG, Lord Fusitu'a
Sulia Makasini, accompanying official and staff of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga, whose trip was funded by the UNDP TGSP
Drafting Committee of the Siem Reap Commitment
Official photo of the AFPPD Regional Meeting on the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls

TONGA Parliament is represented at the Regional Parliamentarians Meeting on Prevention of Violence against Women and Girls and the Meeting of Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) Male Standing Committee on Prevention of Violence against Women and Girls (PVAWG ) in Siem Reap, Cambodia from October 24-26th.

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