THE Legislative Assembly of Tonga will reconvene for a special sitting on Wednesday December 24th to elect the new Prime Minister (PM), according to Interim Speaker Lord Tupou.
His Majesty has appointed Rt Hon Lord Tupou K.C as the Interim Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga effective from last Friday, November 28th, 2014.
In a Press Release issued from the Office of the Interim Speaker states the appointment of the Interim Speaker was made pursuant to clause 61 and subsection (8) of the Schedule of the Act of the Constitution of Tonga.
This provides that the King shall appoint an Interim Speaker following a general election, to be made within seven days from the declaration of the result of the general election.
The Interim Speaker is responsible for presiding over the meeting of the elected Representatives for the purpose of electing a Prime Minister as well as the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.
THE 2014 general election saw five incumbent People's Representatives to Parliament retaining their seats and 12 new incoming MPs to serve for the 2015-2018 parliamentary term.
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.