The election of a new President will take place on July 3. Nominations are expected by close of business next Wednesday. The Electoral College comprises the 52 Members of Parliament, Presidents of the six Local Government Councils and the leaders of the three municipalities.
The Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Martin Tete, has made a singular effort to advise the general public on the need for the quick calling of the election to choose a new President. The laws involved require Read the rest of this entry »
Parliament meets in a fortnight, on Thursday 1 June. This will be the first ordinary sitting for 2017. Nine government Bills are will be debated, including Read the rest of this entry »
Today is World Press Freedom Day. This morning, the Media Association of Vanuatu (MAV) organised a march in support of media freedom through downtown Port Vila. Prime Minister Charlot Salwai addressed the journalists and producers in attendance. A free press is critical to a functioning democracy, and something worth fighting for.
The retrial of the Conspiracy case has been adjourned until 6 June. The former MPs Read the rest of this entry »
Residents of a squatter settlement recently established in the Korman area of the capital have been given two weeks to move out. Police issued the notice to the people living behind the Read the rest of this entry »
The parole-granted release of ten former MPs on Friday (after the 7 April Appeal Court decision) is overshadowed by the fact that they will be back in court next week to enter their pleas in the retrial of the conspiracy case. Public Prosecutor Naiguleva says Read the rest of this entry »
VBTC has suspended its General Manager and its Financial Controller. VBTC Chairman Jonety Jerety suspended GM Fred Vurobaravu and FC Roy Mariasua last Friday. Jerety says financial mismanagement is the main reason for the pair’s suspension – VBTC has been operating outside of its budget for some time. Read the rest of this entry »
It must be encouraging for Vanuatu civil servants to see the Chairman of the Public Service Commission Martin Mahe reappointed by Read the rest of this entry »