Vanuatu Daily News Digest | 16 October 2015Posted: October 16, 2015
The first news this morning concerning the vote yesterday gives the Port Vila Unity Front candidate linking three big parties the winning figure of 4,249 in the unofficial count last night. Noumea station was not available early this morning. However, the Unity Front (Essentially VP, NUP and GJP) candidate Kenneth Natapei, in the unofficial count, scored 4,249; Independent Ishmael Kalsakau 3,465; PPP’s Nadia Kanegai 974; UMP’s Giorgio Kalo 965; Natatok’s Alain Carlo 385; and Independent Jocelyn Mete 154.
Tony Wright, one of the 4 Government side MPs who signed the Motion against the PM is reported to have gone back to the Government side. It is also believed that the Clerk of Parliament has been sworn in as Minister of Education (or is about to be), so he has left the Opposition’s Motion, too. However, it was reported that the other 3 Gov’t side MPs who had signed the Opposition’s no-trust motion remain with the Opposition. This gives the Opposition side 26 to the Government’s 25. However, with Natapei likely to win in the Port Vila by-election, the Opposition will have 27 MPs supporting and having signed the motion.
The court will likely sit today to hear the urgent constitutional application concerning the validity of the ‘Pipite premature pardon’ which Opposition MPs Natuman, Lini and Regenvanu lodged two days ago. The premature pardon where bribery has been proven, is more likely than any other factor to have secured the win of Natapei in the capital’s voting yesterday.