International observers to monitor October 30 electionPosted: October 25, 2012
Vanuatu’s Electoral Office says an international observer team will visit selected polling stations on election day, Tuesday October 30 and will monitor the running of the election at those stations.
Transparency International Vanuatu had offered such assistance in the interests of ensuring a properly fair and democratic vote several weeks ago, but did not receive a reply from Government.
The Acting Principal Electoral Officer, Lionel Kaluat, now says the plan to have such a team follows an agreement the Government has signed. Diplomatic missions based in Vanuatu will visit polling stations in the capital, rural Efate as well as on Tanna and Santo. Internationally accepted procedures for election observers are to be followed, says Kaluat.
“The move is being undertaken for the purpose of transparency and accountability”, he added on Radio Vanuatu News at noon today.
Australia, New Zealand, China, the European Union and staff from the US Embassy in Papua New Guinea will be assisting in the observer exercise.