Election For Vanuatu Head Of State Set For September

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Parties reportedly nominating candidates; no names yet

By Ricky Binihi

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, August 6, 2014) – The election of the President of the Republic of Vanuatu shall take place before October this year according to the Vanuatu Constitution.

Head of State Iolu Abbil’s term in office ends on September 2 and an election for his replacement "shall be held within 3 weeks of the vacancy arising."

Chief Justice Vincent Lunabek will advice the Electoral Commission if there is a vacancy in the Head of State and the Electoral Office will put out a public notice about the vacancy and invite applicants for the top post.

Principle Electoral Officer Fr Charles Vatu told Daily Post he understands political parties are nominating their candidates.

"But no individual has yet applied for the position of the Head of State," Mr Vatu said.

President Abbil inspected his final guard of honour for an Independence celebration during the 34th Independence Anniversary celebrations at Independence Park, watched live by nearly 5000 people.

President Abbil, a founding father of independence, a former internal affairs minister and retired government worker was working his gardens on Tanna in 2009, when Vanua’aku Pati leaders summoned the veteran politician to take the post of symbolising the unity of the nation.

At that time 13 people applied for the position as the Head of State, two women included — after screening the Electoral Office approved the names of 11 candidates.

On September 2009, 41 of Electoral College’s 58 members nominated the man who masterminded the creation of Cooperatives around Vanuatu before and after independence, after two days of voting, to become the new Head of State.

Meanwhile the Daily Post understands that a Malmapa candidate is supported by the the current coalition to be the next President.

Shefa Province too has two top people eyed for the esteemed position.

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