Vanuatu goes to the polls


Vanuatu went to the polls in a snap general election today. The president called the election last month after 14 Members of Parliament were sent to prison for corruption offences and the remaining MPs were unable to agree a unity government.

There are 261 candidates contesting the 53 seats for parliament. A total of 200,159 voters are on the electoral role although the elections commission revealed earlier this week that the electoral role was not accurate. Voters started voting at 7.30 a.m. local time and were due to close at 5.30 p.m.

In the 2012 general election 14 parties entered the parliament along with four independents. The Vanua’aku Pati was the largest party with eight seats. The subsequent government was a mix of around 11 parties but with little stability.

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