The Vanuatu Electoral Office (VEO) through the support of the MFAT funded Vanuatu Electoral Environment Project (VEEP), which is administered by the UN Development Programme, has been engaged in electoral inclusion by making participation for everyone in elections easier – especially for people living with a disability.
In Vanuatu, with its many isolated rural villages and lack of all-weather roads, it is often very difficult for goods and Government services to be accessed by remote Ni-Vanuatu communities. With recent unseasonal heavy rain, the task of delivering sealed ballot boxes, voting information, voting cards and electoral rolls over muddy, steep tracks and rugged terrain through thick bush for the recent By-Election was accomplished by the oldest form of transport – by foot.
Ten candidates have been confirmed as qualified to contest the Port Vila Municipal By-election on September 24, next Friday.
The names of the candidates were declared by the Electoral Commission yesterday.
Only voters within two Wards in Port Vila will cast their votes for new councillors when the by-election is held on September 24, 2021.
These two Wards that will be going through a by-election are Freshwota/Tasiriki and Anamburu/Melcoffee.
The Ni-Vanuatu legislative framework sets out for an independent electoral management body, composed of two separate but inter-related institutions: the Electoral Commission (EC), a policy-making, oversight body, and the Vanuatu Electoral Office (VEO), a corresponding executive, operational arm.