28 Parties To Contest Provincial Elections In Vanuatu

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274 candidates, including 12 women, vie for provincial seats

By Jonas Cullwick

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Feb. 3, 2013) – A total of 28 political parties and groupings in Vanuatu are being represented in this month’s provincial elections in Penama, Malampa, Shefa and Tafea. There are 274 candidates everyone – 12 women and 262 men running for office in the elections on Tuesday, February 12.

Independents head the list with the most number of candidates with 55 candidates, followed by the Vanua’aku Party with 31.

Union of Moderate Party and Reunification of Movement for Change are next both have 24 candidates each followed by the National United Party with 20 candidates.

Of the 12 women standing for election, Shefa Province has 10 of them, the highest number of the other three provinces going to the polls this month. Malampa and Tafea have one woman candidate each while Penama Province has no woman candidate.

And of the ten women candidates in Shefa Province, six women are standing for the election in Efate constituency.

On Emae there are two candidates, Tongoa has one and Epi also one woman candidate. There is one woman candidate on Malekula for Malampa and one on Tanna for Tafea provincial elections.

After the second declaration of the names of approved candidates by the Electoral Commission on January 24, two days after the main list of names was released, Penama now has a total of 50 candidates contesting 16 seats in the Provincial Government Council.

Malampa has 21 seats and there are 69 candidates running for election. 96 candidates are contesting 18 seats in Shefa Provincial Government Council, and in Tafea 64 candidates are standing for election for 18 seats in that Provincial Government Council.

Meanwhile, political campaigning is in progress in all the four provinces and will close on February 8, before the polls on February 12.

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