Pacific Islands Forum sends observer team to monitor 2016 General Election

The Pacific Islands Forum has deployed a team of electoral observers to scrutinize the January 22 General Election.

Pacific Islands Forum logoThey will join the Commonwealth’s team of electoral observers to enhance the transparency and accountability of the General Election. They will be present throughout every stage of the voting and counting process on election day, to help ensure that the vote is free and fair.

The Forum Observer Team comprises Mr Pita Vuki, Commissioner and Supervisor of Elections of the Kingdom of Tonga, and Ms Taggy Tangimetua, Chief Electoral Officer of the Cook Islands. The team is supported by the Forum Secretariat in Suva, Fiji.

The Forum Observer Team will be based in Efate from 14—25 January. They will meet with Vanuatu Government representatives, civil society, churches, development partners, regional and international agencies and the diplomatic corps ahead of polling day to gain an enhanced understanding of the electoral and political environment in Vanuatu.
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Phocea crew member leaves Vanuatu despite court order to stay

The Independent reports that Phocea crew member and model, Faviola Brugger Dadis, has left Vanuatu despite a court-issued order for all crew to remain in Vanuatu. The Prosecutor is appealing against Read the rest of this entry »