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Saneem Part Of Observer Group In Tonga

Saneem Part Of Observer Group In Tonga
Fijian Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem.
November 10
11:06 2017

Secretary-General Patricia Scotland will deploy a strong Commonwealth Observer Group to observe general elections in Tonga, scheduled for 16 November 2017.

This follows a formal invitation from the Government of Tonga.

Fijian Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem is a member of the Group.

Margaret Wilson, former Speaker of Parliament and Attorney-General of New Zealand, will lead the Commonwealth Observer Group.

The group will consider the pre-electoral environment, the poll, the count and declaration of results.

In August 2017, King Tupou VI invoked Clause 38 of the Constitution to dissolve Tonga’s Legislative Assembly, and called for fresh elections to be held in November, more than a year before the planned date for the next elections.

“These elections are crucial for the people of Tonga as it strengthens the democratic process in the Kingdom,” said Secretary-General Scotland.

“The Commonwealth observers will observe the elections and work closely with the observers from the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in supporting Tonga’s democracy, national election and sharing best practice.”

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