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Enhancing electoral operations and integrity in Vanuatu

Port Vila, Vanuatu – In an effort to further strengthen and make the electoral process in Vanuatu more efficient and coherent, the Vanuatu Electoral Environment Project (VEEP) implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has handed over 300 translucent modern ballot boxes and uniquely numbered tamper evident seals to the Electoral Office.

Vanuatu Electoral Environment Project (VEEP) - Phase 1

Vanuatu gained independence on 30 July 1980 and adopted a Westminster style parliamentary political system. Since then, the country has organized parliamentary elections regularly using a mixture of Single Non-Transferable Vote system in multi-member constituencies and the First-Past-the-Post system in single-member districts.

NZ aids Vanuatu Electoral Office

The announcement was made through the United Nations Development Programme’s Vanuatu Electoral Environment Project which is working to improve civic education and voter awareness, to build the capacity of the electoral authorities and to enhance the voter registry.

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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. 

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