The chair of the Vanuatu Electoral Commission, Martin Tete, has died.
He died early Tuesday.
Mr Tete died as counting for last week's election was about to begin.
Vanuatu Daily Post's Dan McGarry described the death as "an incalculable loss" for Vanuatu.
Martin Tete is one of the main reasons Vanuatu’s vote counting has been fair and free of corruption.— Dan McGarry (@dailypostdan) March 24, 2020
He has been an integral part of Vanuatu’s electoral process for as long as anyone can remember.
He died early this morning. It’s an incalculable loss for Vanuatu. pic.twitter.com/Dkb4oYgHRz
Sad to hear the passing away of Mr Martin Tete, Chairman of Vanuatu Electoral Commission, a member of MSGOG that observed the SI elections April 2019. He briefed us before Vanuatu elections last week. Deepest sympathies and condolences to his family. May His Soul Rest in Peace pic.twitter.com/hHrGedDpf9— ratu inoke kubuabola (@InokeRatu) March 24, 2020