Smaller Electorate To Decide Port Vila Polls In Vanuatu

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Roll has been reduced, current voters away for holidays

By Ricky Binihi

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Dec. 31, 2013) – The decision to hold the Port Vila Municipal Elections during the festive season may have a drastic effect on its outcome as many of the residents of Vanuatu’s capital are away holidaying in the islands and many voters are still in the festive mood.

But the date of January 7 for elections cannot be moved as it is the maximum limit for an election to be held in Port Vila after the dissolution of the Port Vila Municipality in October this year.

The registered voters of the Constituency of Port Vila of 22,308 in 2012 has been reduced because huge town suburbs of Port Vila, like Beverly Hills, Blacksands, Man Ples, and End blong Eapot and Etas areas that had a choice of voting in Port Vila or for the Efate constituency in 2012 are not included in the Municipal boundary.

The number of councilors has been increased from 13 to 17 with the Reserved Seats for Women but the method of calculation will be proportional system for the mostly male dominated 12 members of the Town Hall and the first past the post for the newly introduced female seats in town.

Prime Minister Moana Carcasses’ Green Confederation Party has fielded more candidates in this election followed by Vanua’aku Pati, the Union of Moderate Parties, and the Graon mo Jastis Pati. The parties in the opposition have not fielded many runners to take advantage of the proportional representation system.

Luganville Municipal is now governed by Greens and UMP.

The current parties in government would like to see a repeat of that status quo in Port Vila – parties in government to also hold the reins of control in the Town Hall.

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