Law requires election of new President by July 3, says Electoral Commission

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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 »


President Lonsdale farewelled on streets of Port Vila—and around the world

Throngs of mourners turn out on Port Vila's main street to farewell President Baldwin Lonsdale. Photo: Vanuatu Daily Post

Throngs of mourners turn out on Port Vila’s main street to farewell President Baldwin Lonsdale. Photo: Vanuatu Daily Post

Motlap chiefs from President Lonsdale's home island of Motalava pay their respects to his casket. Photo: Holy Bule/Facebook

Motlap chiefs from President Lonsdale’s home island of Motalava pay their respects to his casket. Photo: Holy Bule/Facebook

President Lonsdale's casket is carried by Vanuatu Mobile Force members to a plane for his final journey home to Motalava. Photo: Twitter/@raetlomi

President Lonsdale’s casket is carried by Vanuatu Mobile Force members to a plane for his final journey home to Motalava. Photo: Twitter/@raetlomi

The Heads of States of Australia, Fiji and New Zealand came in person to farewell President Lonsdale. The passing of Vanuatu’s Head of State has also been marked around the world over the last few days. Here’s just a few examples:

In Sydney, Australia:

In Perth, Australia: Read the rest of this entry »


Vale Womtelo Fr Baldwin Lonsdale 5/8/1948 – 17/6/2017

File image of President Baldwin Lonsdale in 2016. Photo: Adventist Record

File image of President Baldwin Lonsdale in 2016. Photo: Adventist Record

The best portrait of Vanuatu’s much-loved President Baldwin Lonsdale who passed away at the weekend was given by Godwin Ligo in the Daily Post today. Ligo highlighted President Lonsdale’s leadership capacity and the importance of his faith. He was born at Nereningman Village, Motalava, on August 5, 1948. He was one of 11 children (six girls and five boys). He began his education at Motalava Primary School (1959–1963) and then attended St Patrick’s, Vureas on Ambae, 1964–1967. He received diplomas from Bishop Paterson College in the Solomon Islands and St John’s College, Auckland.

Baldwin Lonsdale was married to Lilian Sarginson, who Read the rest of this entry »


National week of mourning declared to mark the passing of President Lonsdale

President Baldwin Lonsdale

The late President Father Baldwin Lonsdale

A National Week of Mourning has been declared from the 17th until the 26th of June following the sudden and unexpected death of Head of State Fr Baldwin Lonsdale. Details for his State Funeral have now been released. A public holiday has been declared for Wednesday 21st June. The President’s body will lie in state at State House on Monday and Tuesday and there is a program for institutions and organisations to visit and share their condolences. On Wednesday morning, the church funeral service will be held at Parliament House and at midday on Wednesday the President’s body will leave Port Vila and be flown to Read the rest of this entry »


First revision to Mental Health Act since 1965 to focus on human rights

An amended Mental Health Act is almost complete. Under the guidance of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Vanuatu’s antique 1965 text is being brought up to date and the final work is expected today. Director of Pubic Health, Len Tarivonda, pointed out to the visiting experts how human rights issues now had to be properly acknowledged. Human rights abuses have been common practice in many communities, he said. Vanuatu does not have a dedicated facility for treating people with mental health issues.

Also in health news: as we first reported back in March, Vanuatu is pioneering the use of drones to deliver vaccines to remote communities. With poorly and irregularly maintained rural road services, Vanuatu will provide a Read the rest of this entry »


Leading resort Iririki sues builder for Vt505 million, alleging breach of contract

Iririki Island resort Port Vila Vanuatu

Iririki Island resort, Port Vila, Vanuatu

Construction company Mocha Limited, trading as Vancorp Construction, is facing court action following allegations of failure to maintain work schedules in repair work for Iririki Island Resort following Cyclone Pam. The resort is claiming over A$6.2 million (Vt 505,500,000). The construction company has Read the rest of this entry »


Campaign to ban plastic bags gains momentum

no plastic bags for vanuatu campaign

Best of all news presently: the petition to phase out the use of single-use plastic bags in Vanuatu. Congratulations Georges Cumbo, Christelle Thieffry, Myriam Malao and Marcel Melterorong for creating a Facebook page to educate users about the environmental effects of plastic bags. The No plastik bag plis page on Facebook now has 3,600 followers. Please sign the online petition.

The Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering has been quite firm about the 13 Bills before the First Extra-Ordinary Sitting of Parliament which deal with money laundering. Equally positive have been the Read the rest of this entry »