The election of a new President will take place on July 3. Nominations are expected by close of business next Wednesday. The Electoral College comprises the 52 Members of Parliament, Presidents of the six Local Government Councils and the leaders of the three municipalities.
The Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Martin Tete, has made a singular effort to advise the general public on the need for the quick calling of the election to choose a new President. The laws involved require Read the rest of this entry »
The Heads of States of Australia, Fiji and New Zealand came in person to farewell President Lonsdale. The passing of Vanuatu’s Head of State has also been marked around the world over the last few days. Here’s just a few examples:
In Sydney, Australia:
In Perth, Australia: Read the rest of this entry »
The best portrait of Vanuatu’s much-loved President Baldwin Lonsdale who passed away at the weekend was given by Godwin Ligo in the Daily Post today. Ligo highlighted President Lonsdale’s leadership capacity and the importance of his faith. He was born at Nereningman Village, Motalava, on August 5, 1948. He was one of 11 children (six girls and five boys). He began his education at Motalava Primary School (1959–1963) and then attended St Patrick’s, Vureas on Ambae, 1964–1967. He received diplomas from Bishop Paterson College in the Solomon Islands and St John’s College, Auckland.
Baldwin Lonsdale was married to Lilian Sarginson, who Read the rest of this entry »
A National Week of Mourning has been declared from the 17th until the 26th of June following the sudden and unexpected death of Head of State Fr Baldwin Lonsdale. Details for his State Funeral have now been released. A public holiday has been declared for Wednesday 21st June. The President’s body will lie in state at State House on Monday and Tuesday and there is a program for institutions and organisations to visit and share their condolences. On Wednesday morning, the church funeral service will be held at Parliament House and at midday on Wednesday the President’s body will leave Port Vila and be flown to Read the rest of this entry »
President Baldwin Lonsdale died at Vila Central Hospital early this morning after being rushed to hospital last night.
President Lonsdale has been Head of State since September 2014. From Mota Lava island, Lonsdale was previously an Anglican priest, Secretary-General of Torba Province.
President Lonsdale played a critical role in recent events in Vanuatu. While Read the rest of this entry »
An amended Mental Health Act is almost complete. Under the guidance of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Vanuatu’s antique 1965 text is being brought up to date and the final work is expected today. Director of Pubic Health, Len Tarivonda, pointed out to the visiting experts how human rights issues now had to be properly acknowledged. Human rights abuses have been common practice in many communities, he said. Vanuatu does not have a dedicated facility for treating people with mental health issues.
Also in health news: as we first reported back in March, Vanuatu is pioneering the use of drones to deliver vaccines to remote communities. With poorly and irregularly maintained rural road services, Vanuatu will provide a Read the rest of this entry »
Construction company Mocha Limited, trading as Vancorp Construction, is facing court action following allegations of failure to maintain work schedules in repair work for Iririki Island Resort following Cyclone Pam. The resort is claiming over A$6.2 million (Vt 505,500,000). The construction company has Read the rest of this entry »