Election 2010

Six ex-candidates fined for not reporting expenses

HALF-a-dozen former candidates who ran in last year’s general elections pleaded guilty today for failing to report campaign expenses to the Electoral Commission. Five others facing the same charges are overseas, while another pleaded not guilty. According to Section 24 of the Electoral Act, election candidates are required to submit an… Read More

Twelve charged for not declaring election spending

TWELVE former election candidates have been charged this week for undeclared campaign spending, Radio Tonga reported. According to Part 4 of the Electoral Act, candidates must lodge an itemised statement of all financial expenses to the Election Superviser, 14 days after the elections.  The limit for campagin spending is T$10,000. All twelve charged failed to… Read More

Members of Parliament attended the opening ceremony today, but will not be sworn in until tomorrow.

MPs not sworn in at Parliament opening

TONGA’S Parliament was opened today by the Princess Regent Pilolevu Tuita, without the planned swearing-in ceremony of its members. Only Lord Lasike officially took his oaths as Speaker of the House. The rest of the Legislative Assembly will be sworn in tomorrow. Reasons for the delay are unclear, although it… Read More

Minister of Education, Women's Affairs and Culture Dr 'Ana Taufe'ulungaki/ Photo: MEWAC.

Insights from the only woman in Cabinet

OF the new ministers in Cabinet, the only woman amongst them has the most patent experience in her own portfolio. Minister for Education, Women’s Affairs and Culture (MEWAC) Dr ‘Ana Maui Taufe’ulungaki (64) spent more than 30 years in Tonga’s education system as a teacher and an administrator, and is a former Pro-Vice Chancellor for Graduate… Read More