Electoral Constituencies 2017

The 17 electoral constituencies as determined by the Electoral Boundaries Commission, 2017 are as follows:

What we do

 Tongan Version

a. Obligations:

As set out in the Electoral Commission Act 2010, the principal roles of the Commission include:

(a) undertake the long term planning for the proper conduct of elections and the establishment and maintenance of proper records and rolls;

(b) consider the need for regulations and other rules for the proper and efficient conduct of elections and related activities;

(c) as authorised by law, make and amend regulations and keep them under review;

(d) make recommendations for changes to the law concerning elections;

(e) under the powers granted to it in the Electoral Act, determine appeals, challenges and any other disputes;

(f) recommend prosecution for election offences;

(g) devise, undertake and review programmes of education for voters, candidates and others involved in elections;

(h) compile and make reports on elections and related matters, and recommend changes to the law and procedures to improve the electoral system;

(i) publish for general information such data and reports on elections as the Commission thinks fit;

(j) within 3 months after any general election, report to the Cabinet on any changes that it recommends should be implemented before the next general election;

(k) for the purpose of promoting fairness and equal opportunities for all candidates and to prevent abuses, to regulate the use of radio, television, newspaper, internet and other political notices, reports, appeals and advertising during the election period;

(l) regulate and monitor electoral expenditure by candidates in accordance with section 24 of the Electoral Act; and

(m) perform any of the functions that are specified for it in the Electoral Act or any other Act. 

b. Vision Statement

To be widely recognized as a credible electoral management body committed to deliver

trustworthy elections thus strengthening the democratic process.

c. Mission Statements

National and Local Elections in the Kingdom of Tonga are conducted independently, impartially

and in a free and fair environment. 

d. Purpose

The purpose of the Electoral Commission is :-

a.    That they understand the democratic process

b.    That they appreciate the benefits of exercising their voting rights; and

c. To ensure that all local and parliamentary elections are conducted independently, impartially and in a free and fair environment.

   e. Values

The Values which the Electoral Commission consider essential are :-

ü Neutrality - an Electoral Commission must be scrupulous in maintaining its independence for only thus can elections be conducted according to best electoral practice and in a free and fair environment.

ü Legality  -  all electoral practices and procedures must be carried out in strict compliance with the law

ü Transparency  - the Tongan public’s faith in the Commission’s neutrality and legality require it to be open, transparent and accountable

ü  Service  - there is no more important service to Tonga which the Commission undertakes than to ensure that Democratic electoral processes prevail in  the Kingdom.

The Objectives of the Electoral Commission remain as follows : -

  • The orderly conduct of local and parliamentary elections (and by-elections);
  • To maintain a free and fair electoral process;
  • To maintain an updated and accurate electoral roll;
  • To have an informed community on electoral matters;
  • To encourage and promote public participation in the democratic process; and,
  • To provide relevant assistance and support on all electoral matters to electors, polling officials, returning officers and candidates.

f. Funding of the Commission

As set out in the Electoral Commission Act 2010 funding for the Commission will be:

(a) moneys allocated by the Legislative Assembly for that purpose; and

(b) moneys paid to it or for it by an external agency or government for general purposes, for a specific purpose, or for the remuneration and benefit of specialists.

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