Vanuatu Opposition Concerned By Pre-Presidential Election Political Lobbying

Opposition leader Ishmael Kalsakau: college members were lobbied to elect Mr Moses with the promise that the next head of state would be from Sanma province

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, August 11, 2017) – The opposition in Vanuatu says it's concerned by lobbying that preceded last month's presidential election.

Tallis Obed Moses was installed as president by vote of the Electoral College, replacing Father Baldwin Lonsdale who died in office.

The opposition leader Ishmael Kalsakau said college members were lobbied to elect Mr Moses with the promise that the next head of state would be from Sanma province.

Mr Moses is from Malampa.

Mr Kalsakau said the promise eroded the democratic right of college members to vote for their preferred candidate from 16 people nominated for the role.

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