19 Sep 2014

Vanuatu still waiting for president

6:06 pm on 19 September 2014

Vanuatu's Electoral College is still unable to reach a consensus on who should become the new President.

It has now met on four occasions and a fifth session is planned for Saturday morning.

The frontrunner remains former clerk of the parliament, Lino Bulekuli dit Saksak, who in the latest vote got the support of 20 of the members but needs 38.

There have been calls for the 52 MPs and six governors to hasten a decision because running the Electoral College is costly.

The bill for five sessions will be about 20,000 US dollars.