Adviser to PM Kilman threatens media over PM’s absence from official candidate list

The Caretaker First Political Adviser to the PM, Richard Kaltongga, threatens the media over the PM Sato Kilman’s absence from the approved candidate list. The lengthy rant claims that Caretaker PM Kilman had indeed paid his large outstanding debt to Government. That Kilman came into office with any debt to Government at all says a lot about his credibility and his ethics. Kaltongga makes no mention of the other PPP candidates whose names are not on the list, nor does he offer to pay their outstandings.

Kaltongga bangs on about irresponsible reporting and threatens all media with “stringent legal controls” after the next election. Those are fighting words, Kaltongga, and not very wise. Do the citizens of Vanuatu aspire to live under a dictatorship that represses their freedom of expression? We don’t think so.

In his response, Daily Post Editor Royson Willie promises the public that they will keep transparency and good governance issues in the public eye. So will we.

Election campaigns are being launched all over the country this weekend. The Vanuatu Christian Council is asking for clean campaigns that respect the rights of all. We, the voters, insist on it. We will also be drawing attention in the coming days to the Vanuatu Government’s refusal to take up offers of outside independent election observers for the election. Having outside election observers is normal practice in healthy democracies all over the world. That this Government, arguably the most dishonest in Vanuatu’s history, is refusing observers for this election is a very bad sign indeed. How can we be assured that this election will be free and fair?

Jenny Ligo also complains that her name is not on the candidate list and vows to ensure the Public Service system is reformed, in today’s Daily Post, if she is elected. It is not clear how that will ensure an improved candidate registration system. Sounds like a case of sour grapes to us.

There is a new Telecommunications and Radiocommunications Regulator, Mr Ronald Box succeeding Mr Alan Horne.

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2 Comments on “Adviser to PM Kilman threatens media over PM’s absence from official candidate list”

  1. Antonio Josiah says:

    Whoa! Ok, I didn’t know about the new TRR. Congrats to him and I hope he is as down to earth as was Mr Horne

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  2. Sala says:

    Of course, Vanuatu needs not only reform in the Public Service, but also Political Reform.

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