Vanuatu Capital Election Dispute Delayed Till March

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Parliamentarians being sued for bribing voters

By Ricky Binihi

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Dec. 31, 2012) – In Vanuatu, Chief Justice Vincent Lunabek has decided the conference for the Election Dispute in Port Vila Constituency by former Attorney General Ishmael Kalsakau against the Electoral Office and the Leader of Opposition and five Port Vila Parliamentarians will take place in March.

Mr. Kalsakau alleges there were election irregularities in Port Vila when the Nation went to the polls in October 30 this year.

The former head of the State Law Office is accusing the MPs of bribing the voters to using string band music to boost their popularity even though the amended Representation of the Peoples Act required the Port Vila 2012 candidates to stop "treating" their electorate on September 2.

The Electoral Roll of the Constituency of Port Vila which is 34,998 is exaggerated and on Election Day some voters had to be turned away at the polling booths because their voting papers were not ready and the Electoral Office did nothing to rectify the situation, Mr. Kalsakau is reportedly accusing the Electoral Office.

Mr. Lunabek has fixed the date for the conference on March 11, 2013.

The six MPs in Port Vila are Opposition Leader and Vanua’aku Pati President Edward Natapei, President of the Graon and Jastis Pati MP Ralph Regenvanu, the President of Liberal Democratic Party a former Vanuatu Finance Minister MP Willie Jimmy, President of Greens and another former Finance Minister MP Moana Carcasses, a former Internal Affairs Minister and Union of Moderate Parties MP Patrick Crowby and another UMP MP, Tony Wright.

The conference in the Supreme Court will determine the date of the trial.

According to the official results of the Port Vila 2012 elections, MP Regenvanu polled 2286, MP Natapei had 1389, MP Wright scored 1036, MP Carcasses won 1020 votes, MP Jimmy had 927 votes, and MP Crowby secured 917.

VP third candidate Kalsakau received 638 votes which was ninth position out of the 49 people that contested the Constituency of Port Vila.

Meanwhile, the Daily Post has been told the Election Dispute in Vanuatu’s second town, Luganville, has been moved also to March next year.

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