Chief electoral officer off to Vanuatu

Wednesday January 13, 2016 Written by Published in Local
Cook Islands chief electoral officer Taggy Tangimetua. 16011121 Cook Islands chief electoral officer Taggy Tangimetua. 16011121

Cook Islands chief electoral officer Taggy Tangimetua is headed to Vanuatu next week as part of a team observing the country’s controversial snap election.

 

The Pacific Islands Forum has accepted an invitation from Vanuatu to send a team to observe and assess the Vanuatu Parliamentary elections next Friday. 

Tangimetua will be part of the mission with Forum executives and delegates from Tonga. The team will be in Vanuatu next week until after the elections. 

The team will monitor Vanuatu’s electoral process not only to assess compliance, but also to learn from and share any lessons with member countries. 

Tangimetua has joined other observer missions, such as the one to the UK elections in May last year.

“The request from the Pacific Islands Forum for Tangimetua to be part of the mission is a reflection of her esteem across the region and we are very proud of her,” a Ministry of Finance and Economic Management media statement said.

The observer team have their work cut out for them. Radio NZ International reported last week that Vanuatu’s electoral office says it has been allocated about $200,000 less than what it estimates it needs to carry out the snap election.

The election was called after the president, Baldwin Lonsdale, dissolved parliament to end weeks of political gridlock that stemmed from the jailing of 14 government MPs for corruption.

More than 200,000 voters have registered for the election and there are 183 political candidates. 

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