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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (May 19, 2002 - RNZI/PINA Nius Online)---The official results from the Vanuatu general elections on May 2 have again been delayed and will now not be released before Monday evening.

The results of the official count by the Electoral Commission were initially due to be made public last Wednesday.

The timetable was later revised to this evening, but the acting chief electoral officer, Jeanette Bolenga, has confirmed that the release has been further delayed.

Meanwhile, the expectation in Vanuatu is that the Vanuaaku Pati/Union of Moderate Parties coalition will remain in power with an increased majority.

The coalition is claiming at least 30 of the 52 seats in Parliament.

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