Mini-census to take stock of population movements since Cyclone Pam; GJP victorious in Malo/Aore by-election

The Mini-Census announcement ceremony yesterday. Photo: VNSO

The Mini-Census announcement ceremony yesterday. Photo: VNSO

The Vanuatu National Statistics Office (VNSO) has launched a post-Cyclone Pam mini-Census for 2016. Finance Minister Pikioune said the move is important as a preparation for the next and main national census in 2019 because there have been many movements of people of Vanuatu since TC Pam. VNSO Director Simil Johnson said the government has provided Vt 51 million to run the mini-Census which will make use of field workers equipped with tablet computers, between September and December this year. (Radio Vanuatu)

Unofficial results in the Malo/Aore by-election, believed reliable, place the Graon mo Jastis Pati (GJP) candidate Uri Warawara winner of the Santo offshore seat with a vote of 666 compared to his nearest rival Bani Livo (Independent) with 473. All other candidates achieved less than 300 votes. Uri Warawara was a close second in the January election.

The announcement of the name of the new Police Commissioner is delayed several days to ensure all processes are correctly carried out.

VBTC has signed an agreement with Consulting Vanuatu to provide a feasibility study for the national broadcaster to go solar. The aim would be to have Radio Vanuatu and TBV using solar power to reduce transmission costs. (TBV and Daily Post)