Vanuatu

Fiji to observe Vanuatu Snap elections

Former President of Fiji, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau will be part of the Melanesian Spearhead Group Observer Mission to observe the upcoming Vanuatu Snap Elections scheduled for 22 January 2016. Fiji joins other MSG members including the Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front of New Caledonia (FLNKS) to observe the elections, which is being called by the Vanuatu […]

Peni Shute

January 20, 2016 7:00 am

Former President of Fiji, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau will be part of the Melanesian Spearhead Group Observer Mission to observe the upcoming Vanuatu Snap Elections scheduled for 22 January 2016.

Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem at the Bougainville Election in 2015. PHOTO: Fijian Elections Office.
Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem at the Bougainville Election in 2015.
PHOTO: Fijian Elections Office.

Fiji joins other MSG members including the Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front of New Caledonia (FLNKS) to observe the elections, which is being called by the Vanuatu President H.E Baldwin Lonsdale following the dissolution of the previous Parliament.

The Observer Mission is being led by the former Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Sir Francis Billy Hilly and will be responsible for monitoring, assessing, and observing the conduct of the election in accordance with international and regional standards for elections taking into account Vanuatu’s Constitution.

Other observer groups include the Commonwealth Observer Group and the Pacific Islands Forum.  All observer groups will work according to guidelines and terms of reference provided by the Vanuatu authorities to guide the work of the international observers.

Ratu Epeli will be accompanied by the Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Chief Administrative Officer Navneel Sharma.

A record number of 28 political parties are contesting the snap elections for the Parliament of the Republic of Vanuatu.

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