POLLS SAY VANUATU'S CITIZENS AGAINST REPEAL OF OMBUDSMAN'S ACT

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PORT VILA, Vanuatu (December 2, 1997 - PACNEWS)---Nearly all of the 2,500 people in Vanuatu's capital, Port Vila, who signed an opinion poll on the recent repeal of the Ombudsman's Act by Parliament say they do not agree with the government decision.

VANGO, representing Vanuatu's non-government organizations, says since the nationwide poll began a week ago, only seven signatures have been received supporting Parliament's action, Radio Vanuatu reports.

People in the outer islands are also participating in the poll and VANGO says a report from Motalava island in Torba Province shows that all people there who signed the form are against the government's decision.

VANGO is carrying out the opinion poll to prove that the government was wrong in saying that the majority of Vanuatu's people are not happy with the Ombudsman.

The result of the poll will be submitted with a petition to President Jean-Marie Leye in support of his stand to not sign the bill into law until the court has made its ruling on the legality of the parliamentary decision.

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