29 Mar 2006

Vanuatu eyes election law change for 2008 polls

4:03 pm on 29 March 2006

Vanuatu's government is looking at amending the electoral law to allow all voters from other islands who live in Port Vila and Luganville to vote in the two urban constituencies.

Currently people from other areas who work in the two urban areas but live outside the towns have to vote in the adjacent rural constituencies.

The minister for internal affairs, George Wells, said the government set up a special committee after an increasing number complaints over the People's Representative Act which says people must vote where they reside.

Mr Wells says it is likely the amendment will be completed and tabled in parliament this year to become effective for the general election sin 2008.

The minister says such an amendment would give the indigenous voters from Shefa and Sanma full control of the rural constituencies.

The minister said the amendment is necessary to make sure the country does not experience what happened on Guadalcanal in Solomon Islands.