Vavaʻu 16 by-election postponed

Tonga has postponed its parliamentary by-election for Vavaʻu 16 until further notice, it has been confirmed to Kaniva News this morning.

The vote was initially due to take place on May 26, but the Commissioner and Supervisor of Elections Pita Vuki said that schedule was cancelled and it could probably be held in July.

He did not say why the election would not go ahead as planned but he said his office will announce the new date.

Vavaʻu 16 seat in Parliament was vacant after its former MP ʻEtuate Lavulavu was disqualified early in February after a Supreme Court decision convicted him of bribery during his 2014 election campaign.

The Legislative Assembly was scheduled to resume on June 2, 2016.

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