Vanuatu Daily News Digest | 4 December 2015

The Bribery Case is running yet as now the Leadership Code is being invoked. Daily Post’s Thompson Marango carries the story today of the Public Prosecutor appealing that a trial under the Leadership Code Act is still appropriate. Justice Fatiaki’s decision concerning the application of the Leadership Code was considered as non-binding on Justice Sey.

More news of this matter will follow in the next bulletin, along with news of the

Constitutional application concerning the provisions relating to Dissolution being heard this afternoon.

It is thought that the Dissolution will mean some like 2,000 potential new and eligible young voters not being able to vote in Port Vila, as there will not be time for the registration process to take place. Principal Electoral Officer Fr Charles Vatu pointed out to listeners of Radio Vanuatu today that no new cards could be issued: only replacement cards on application.


One Comment on “Vanuatu Daily News Digest | 4 December 2015”

  1. Sue Farran says:

    Excluding eligible voters (an event brought about by the time frame triggered by the dissolution of Parliament) is likely to either add fuel to the current constitutional challenge or spark new litigation, this time breach of Vanuatu’s obligations under the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights. This international human rights treaty became part of the national law in 2008 when Vanuatu passed a ratification act. Among its provisions is one that states:

    Article 25. Every citizen shall have the right and the opportunity, … (a) To take part in the conduct of public affairs, directly or through freely chosen

    representatives

    (b) to vote and to be elected at genuine periodic elections which shall be by universal

    and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret ballot, guaranteeing the free expression of the will of the electors;

    It looks therefore as if the fall out from the criminal acts of a percentage of the country’s so called ‘representatives’ will continue to raise legal challenges for some time. (There is still of course the question of the whereabouts of the bribe money and why a proceeds of crime action has not yet been brought)

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