Vanuatu goes to the polls
Voters are going to the polls in Vanuatu’s General election today. Polling stations were due to open at 7.30am, but there were reports of some opening earlier as large queues built up. The official close of poll is 5.30pm, but may be extended to 8pm if necessary. There are 192,632 registered to vote.
A total of 354 candidates from 32 parties are contesting the 52 seats in the 10th Vanuatu Legislature. There are indications that electoral offences have already been committed and may lead to more subsequent election petitions than at any time before.
In 2008, Party of Our Land (Vanua’aku Pati), emerged as the largest party, but the current government is a coalition of 8 parties – two of which have now split from the pact. This means that former coalition partners are opposing each other in today’s election.
The official result is expected to be announced within the week.