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Swaziland sets parliamentary poll for Sept. 19
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09:26, July 31, 2008

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Swaziland will hold a parliamentary election on Sept. 19 under the Tinkhundla system of government, the chairperson of the Elections and Boundaries Commission announced on Wednesday, the South African Press Association reported.

"The nomination of candidates standing for positions in the chiefdoms and centers will be conducted this weekend and then on August 23," said Prince Gija Dlamini in a statement, according to the report.

"We will then hold primary elections and then have the final lap on September 19," he added.

Under the Tinkhundla system of government in Africa's last absolute monarchy, elections start at the chiefdom level. A candidate requires the support of more than 10 people to be nominated.

Candidates then compete at chiefdom level and then go on to compete with the winners from other chiefdoms.

The winner at the regional constituency which is called an Inkhundla then becomes a member of parliament.

The Swazi electorate elects 55 members and the king appoints 10to the parliament.

Dlamini said electoral rolls would be on display by the end of the week, and of the 400,000 people eligible to vote in a population of 1 million, only 50,000 had not registered.


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