Vanuatu Daily News Digest | Constitutional challenge has come

The MP’s of the Opposition yesterday afternoon filed an urgent constitutional application with the Supreme Court to order the Speaker to call the 2nd Ordinary Session of Parliament for 2015. The Constitution requires two ordinary meetings every year and so far there has been only one. The Government side has many of its MPs imprisoned and unable to attend. The Prime Minister is going to Paris next week.

The First Applicants in the case are the 24 MP’s of the Opposition.

The Second Applicant in the case is MP-elect Kenneth Natapei, who although declared elected by the Electoral Commission last month already has not yet been sworn in (which needs to happen in Parliament) and as such has not received any of his MP allowances or MP allocation.

The First Respondent is the Speaker of Parliament and the Second Respondent is the Republic of Vanuatu.