Tonga to hold by-elections on Nov 3

Tonga Election
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Tonga will hold a parliamentary by-election on November 3 to elect three new People’s Representatives to the Tonga Legislative Assembly. 

The Office of the Legislative Assembly, stated that the Speaker Lord Fakafanua had issued to the Electoral Commission, writs of election for the by-elections, following the unseating of three People’s Representatives by the Legislative Assembly on August 10, 2022.

The three MPs removed from Parliament were Tatafu Toma Moeaki for Tongatapu 4, Poasi Mataele Tei for Tongatapu 6, and Sione Sangster Saulala for Tongatapu 7.

The unseating is required by the Electoral Act and follows the election-petition related Court of Appeal judgements that were released on 09 August 2022.

The Court of Appeal decisions confirmed the declaration that the election of the respective Representatives in the General Election of November 18, 2021 were void. The by-election of November 3, 2022 was announced after consultation between the Lord Speaker and the Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Lord Dalgety Q.C, as required by the Legislative Assembly Act.

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