Courts expected to decide Marshall Islands election

Courts expected to decide Marshall Islands election

Courts expected to decide Marshall Islands election

Posted 12 December 2007, 18:55 AEDT

The final result in the Marshall Islands elections is expected to be decided in the courts.

Our Pacific correspondent, Campbell Cooney says voting was completed nearly a month ago, but counting has yet to finish with both sides disputing the final figure.

Current figures indicate President Kassai Note's United Democratic Party has 14 votes in its own right, while the opposition United People's Party, led by former speaker Litokwa Tomeing has 15.

But the Aelon Kien Ad Opposition Coalition, which includes Mr Tomeung's party is claiming 17 seats, the number needed for a majority in the 33 seat parliament.

Aelon Kien Ad says while it does have the numbers it will dispute the result in at least three electoral seats.