26 Feb 2016

Thirteen challenges go to court after Vanuatu poll

8:17 am on 26 February 2016
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Thirteen election petitions will be heard in Vanuatu's Supreme Court next month following last month's election.

Most of the petitions allege bribery or vote rigging by the successful candidates.

Meanwhile a spokesperson for Prime Minister Charlot Salwai says with 39 of the 52 MPs the coalition is perfectly placed to push ahead with its plans for Constitutional reform, to bring political stability to Vanuatu.

A two thirds parliamentary vote is necessary on Constitutional matters.

Last week the coalition reached a formal agreement with five members of the Union of Moderate Party, boosting its number from the 34 at the time of the Prime Ministerial vote.