18 Sep 2014

Vanuatu presidential selection process continues

11:14 am on 18 September 2014

The process for selection of Vanuatu's next President will continue today after none of the thirteen candidates vying for the position gained the minimum number of votes.

The President is selected by an electoral college made up of the 52 MPs and six provincial governors.

A two-thirds majority is needed for a candidate to be elected president.

Yesterday afternoon, Nagriamel Movement candidate Alfred Maliu was the frontrunner with 16 votes, but is still a long way from the required two thirds to be made the new head of state.

7 of the 13 candidates came away with no votes yesterday afternoon.

Former Prime Minister, Barak Sope, got the most votes in the first round yesterday morning, with 12 votes.