Second Round Of Voting For Vanuatu President Scheduled For Wednesday


Among 16 candidates, Maxim Carlot Korman receives most votes with 9 out of required 39

By Jonas Cullwick

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, July 4, 2017) – No candidate received the required number of votes to be declared the winner in yesterday’s poll for the President of the Republic of Vanuatu.

The announcement of the result of the poll was made by the Returning Officer for the Election of the President, Chief Justice Vincent Lunabek.

At the same time, he directed the 58 members of the Electoral College for election of the President to meet in their second round of voting on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 9am at Parliament House in Port Vila.

Schedule 1 (Article 34)(Sub-Article 3) of the Constitution of the Republic of Vanuatu – Election of the President of the Republic of Vanuatu — requires that the candidate who obtains the support of two-thirds of the members of the electoral college, which is 39 members, shall be elected President of the Republic of Vanuatu.

The formal result of Monday’s voting shows that of the 16 candidates for the election — Maxim Carlot Korman received the most votes of 9 in total, followed by Lui Patu Navuko and Solomon Laurence — both from Sanma Province with 6 votes each.

They are followed by Pastor Doroline Laloyer, John Morris Tarilama, Dunstan Hilton, Sam Dan Avock and Joshua Bong with 4 votes each.

Next came Hamlison Bulu, John Leeman, and Talis Obed Moses – 3 votes each, Reginald Garoleo, Barak Sope and Raymond Malapa – 2 votes each and Louis Kalnpel received 1 vote.

The 16th candidate, Selwyn Leodoro received no vote.

Fifty-seven of the 58-member Electoral College, comprised of the 52 Members of Parliament and the 6 Presidents of Provincial Councils, were present in Monday’s vote.

One member — the Deputy Prime Minister, Joe Natuman, is out of the country on official duty and was not present at the vote.

Sub-Article 1 of Schedule 1 (Article 34) of the Constitution of the Republic of Vanuatu requires that the election of the President of the Republic of Vanuatu shall take place within three weeks of the end of the term of office of the previous President or in this case the office becoming vacant after the death of the President, the late Baldwin Lonsdale on June 17, 2017.

This effectively means that the new President must be elected before the end of this week to comply with the requirements of the Constitution of the country.

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