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Organisation : Tonga Electoral Commission
Facility : Voter Registration Form
Country : Tonga

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Register to vote :
To register for the first time or to update your details please follow the following steps:
1. Download the Registration Form
2. Print, Complete and Sign the Registration Form
3. Return the Completed Registration Form to the TEC Office
4. The TEC will receive your application and provid you with receipt of confirmation
By completing the online registration form you are registering to vote in the General Parliamentary Elections.

** Once the Tonga Electoral Commission has received and processed your form and your name will appear on the Electoral Roll and you are ready to vote.
** All Eligible Tongan Citizens over the age of 21 are required by law to register.
** It is important that you update your registration details when they change.

Who we are :
The Electoral Commission was established by the Electoral Commission Act 2010 as the first independent body to be responsible primarily for the management and administration of National Elections in Tonga. That role was further extended to include Local Elections (District and Town Officers elections) as well as other election such as the election of the Board members for the newly established National Retirement Fund Board in which the Commission provided assistance in the process.
In accordance with Section 4 of the Electoral Commission Act 2010 as amended, the Commission shall consist of the following :
** A person appointed by the King for a term of five years, who will be Chairman;
** The Supervisor of Elections;and
** A person appointed by the King for such term as he may deem fit.

What we do :
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.

Objectives :
The long term objectives of the Commission are :
** to maintain a free and fair electoral process
** to maintain an updated and accurate electoral roll
** to have an informed community
** to encourage and promote public participation in national and local elections
** to provide relevant assistance and support on all electoral matters

Values :
In order to obtain a free and fair environment for voters and representatives the TEC strictly follows these values :
** NEUTRALITY-to operate independently, freely and fairly at all times
** to respect and uphold the Law
** to be OPEN, TRANSPARENT and ACCOUNTABLE for what we do
** to SERVE the people and Parliament

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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