Parliamentary and electoral reform needed, say Govt; Niscol office destroyed by fire

Niscol office in Luganville following arson attack

Niscol office in Luganville following possible arson attack. Photo: Hon Matai Seremiah MP

The new Vanuatu coalition government wants clear and commendable political development in the country according to what people want. This was the underlying theme at the re-signing of the MoU between the partners in government yesterday afternoon. They want a comprehensive reform of the parliamentary and electoral systems, and this is spelled out in the MoU. This will follow political reforms leading to increased stability. Prime Minister Charlot Salwai said that the signing committed the government to making many reforms which will set the country on a straight path. He announced the dates for the parliamentary sitting (21 – 31 March) and the VT 19 billion budget approved by the Council of Ministers. In addition there would be aid-funded projects of some VT 30 billion.

Chief Justice Lunabek has insisted that the Government of the new Prime Minister respect and follow the rule of law. This was in response to a custom mat presentation to the Chief Justice by PM Charlot Salwai, last weekend, Radio Vanuatu reported today.

The administration office of NISCOL burned out early morning today. This office held all the operational records of the stevedoring company of the northern islands at Luganville. Radio Vanuatu understands that the Minister for Internal Affairs, Alfred Maoh, who is making an official tour on Santo, saw the building burning, as did new MP Matai Jeremiah who took the photo above. Police were notified and an investigation is underway.