Election observers ready for Jan. 22 General ElectionPosted: January 19, 2016
The Chairman of the Commonwealth Observer Group for the election, Hubert Ingraham, the former Bahamas PM, has promised the media the group will observe the election and comment on factors which could impinge the electoral processes. “This includes observing the pre-election environment, polling day and post election period”, he made clear. “The country has committed itself to democratic electoral standards”, he reminded everyone. Members of the Commonwealth Observer Group, Pacific Islands Forum and MSG observers gathered last evening after a press conference in order to meet community leaders and discuss their mission.
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Together with personnel of the Solomon Islands patrol vessel, Lata, the observer plans are today being finalized. Lata personnel are delighted to assist the electoral process because of the proximity of the two countries concerned and the long association through RAMSI.
A meeting has been taking place on Tanna concerned with recent gazetted changes to the electoral rules which are thus amended to enable police and polling officials to vote when on electoral duties while they are away on duty from their home constituency. The Tafea authorities have requested political leaders and their supporters to remain calm and enable the legal democratic processes to take place.
The death of Vanuatu’s middle-aged champion boxer, Philip Kating, is being investigated by police. A “family problem” is said to have led to the death of Kating. The body remains at the morgue awaiting further study by pathologists. (Radio Vanuatu)