Vanuatu youth leader receives Queen’s Young Leader Award at Buckingham Palace

Queen Elizabeth greets Mary Siro at last Thursday's ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London. Photo: BCA

Queen Elizabeth greets Mary Siro at last Thursday’s ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London. Photo: BCA

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Election observers ready for Jan. 22 General Election

Rt Hon Hubert Ingraham, Chair of the Commonwealth Observer Group

Rt Hon Hubert Ingraham, Chair of the Commonwealth Observer Group

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 Read the rest of this entry »


Commonwealth observer team to offer electoral advice

Hubert Ingraham

Former Bahamas PM Hubert Ingraham. Photo: thebahamasweekly.com

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 Read the rest of this entry »