30 Apr 2002

Transparency International says observers can see corruption in Vanuatu election

5:42 am on 30 April 2002

Transparency International Vanuatu, or TIV, says the election observers have a chance to see the degree of corruption in the election process.

The 12 observers begin their duties today [TUESDAY] and will be based in the urban centres of Efate, Tanna and Espiritu Santo.

They have taken out newspaper advertisements to alert people to standover tactics and bribery and to encourage them to hold onto their voter ID cards.

The head of TIV, Yvette Sam, says there have already been reports of people being forced to hand over their cards.

She says the observers can see how bad things are.

"We have referred our society to problems that now happen around the pacific and we want to believe our society can be isolated from that and it is high time for us to sort of evaluate the situation and see what are the weaknesses so that our government can take decisions to strengthen the electoral process ."

Yvette Sam of Transparency International Vanuatu