The chairman of Vanuatu's National Council of Chiefs, Chief Paul Tahi, has threatened to dismiss the Port Vila Chiefs Council for putting up candidates in next month's snap election without his permission.
Chief Tahi made the threat after the chairman of the Vila Council, Jean Marie Leye, announced they would be putting up candidates.
Chief Leye, a former President of Vanuatu, says the chiefs have a right to be involved in politics.
But Chief Tahi says Chief Leye seems to have lost control of his council.
He says chiefs should stay out of politics and ensure orderliness in the July 6th poll.
Chief Tahi says the role of the chiefs is to look after the social and cultural affairs of society.