No complaints or recounts sought on snap election results so far, says Supervisor

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Interim Speaker Lord Tangi 'o e Vaonukonuka

There had been no election complaint or applications for judicial recounts of Tonga’s snap election results, the Supervisor of Election Pita Vuki said today.

The revelation comes after ‘Akilsi Pōhiva’s Democratic Party’s resounding victory last Thursday.

Hon. Pōhiva’s party won 14 of the 17 seats in Parliament and he is likely to be reinstalled as the Kingdom’s Prime Minister.

The Return of the Writ of Election to the King was expected to be returned on November 30, Vuki said.

He said his Office was working closely with Parliament’s Chief Clerk on the matter.

The writ was issued by the king on 5 September and directed the Electoral Commission to conduct the election after His Majesty dissolved the House about a week earlier.

The writ would be returned in the end of this month to His Majesty showing the names of the successful electorate candidates.

Meanwhile, the king has appointed Lord Tangi to be the interim Speaker.

The life peer will process and announce the day for the election of Tonga’s next Prime Minister.

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