Commonwealth observer team to offer electoral advice

Hubert Ingraham

Former Bahamas PM Hubert Ingraham. Photo:

Commonwealth Observer mission for the election will give practical recommendations to help strengthen Vanuatu’s electoral process based on their observations. The group is headed by a former Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Hubert Ingraham. They arrive today from Australia, Guyana, Fiji and Uganda. They remain until 5 days after the elections, reports the Daily Post. A former ombudsman, an MP, an editor, an election supervisor and a gender equity expert are included in their ranks.

The court case being brought by a former chargé d’affaires in Beijing, Willie Toama, will not delay the snap poll. Toama’s name was not included in the official list of candidates. Daily Post has the story on page 1 today. They also re-confirm, Charles Lini’s name is now officially included.

Radio Vanuatu has had elements from the Moderates continuing to insist that Serge Vohor in prison remains the UMP leader until a party congress decides on the issue.

Cheap coconut and rice for Tanna. The Cooperative Federation is arranging some 7,000 dry coconuts from a Malekula-based co-operative for supply to Tanna. They are also offering 1,000 bags of cheap Thai jasmine rice for the southern island. This follows the shortage of food still being experienced in the southernmost province. (Daily Post)

A need for a law to protect divers has been expressed by the mother of a victim of diving on the President Coolidge at Santo, Daily Post reports. Dr Lailade Asunsade died whilst diving on the wreck in 2013.