People must have their say on Constitutional amendments, says Prime Minister

Statue outside Vanuatu's Parliament

Prime Minister Charlot Salwai has promised a referendum on the Constitutional changes which were before Parliament yesterday. They could not be debated owing to the Opposition boycott. PM Salwai says his Government is planning a Constitutional Review Committee which will establish how Ni-Vanuatu can participate in giving their views about the changes. PM Salwai said “It is imperative that the people have their say… It is the people who will decide. Initially the government planned to bring the amendments to Parliament, then the specific provisions which require a referendum will go through a national referendum as stipulated under article 86 in the Constitution.” The Prime Minister stressed the need for political stability if economic development is to be achieved. (Daily Post)

The Salwai Government is seriously considering an approach from Auditor General John Path to have the Auditor General post appointment made by the Head of State rather than the Public Service Commission. Path says the present arrangement is unsatisfactory because the PSC is always a client of the AG. He made the statement during the recent workshop for senior leaders with responsibility for finances of state-run bodies. (Vila Times)

The imprisoned politicians are appearing in their conspiracy case today. This is the matter of the alleged conspiracy which was allegedly brought about by Marcellino Pipite, Speaker at the time, but also temporarily honorary head of state. Today’s hearing is a pre-trial meeting to identify agreed facts and other issues. (Daily Post)

The swearing-in of new Efate MP Gillion Williams of the Graon mo Jastis Pati was delayed when Parliament briefly met yesterday. This is now expected to happen next Thursday. (Daily Post)

The Electoral Commission is in the process of screening the seven candidates for the Malo/Aore constituency. This election will take place on 29 June. The screening requires government officers to check that candidates are without debt to any government service. (Radio Vanuatu)