Vanuatu yet to open presidential election contest

Updated at 12:33 pm on 18 August 2009

Vanuatu has allocated about 700,000 US dollars for the election of the next president of Vanuatu, which is to follow after the term of Kalkot Mataskelekele ended last weekend.

The date of the election of new head of state is not known but under the constitution, it must be held within three weeks.

Applications can be submitted once the Chief Justice, Vincent Lunabek, issues a writ.

The president will then be elected by the Electoral College which is made up of the 52 members of the parliament and the president of the six provincial governments.

Since the departure from the post of Mr Mataskelekele, the speaker of parliament, Maxime Carlot Korman, has been the acting president.

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