Vanuatu party leader pledges political reform

Updated at 9:37 am on 1 November 2012

The leader of Vanuatu's Ground and Justice Party, Ralph Regenvanu, says political reform will be a top priority for the coalition government he is trying to help form.

With 2250 votes in the Port Vila constituency in Tuesday's general election, Mr Regenvanu has broken his own national record of receiving the most votes of any candidate.

His party has three MPs in the new legislature, and could have a fourth, pending final results.

Mr Regenvanu says if he gets into government, he will look to immediately address the fragmented nature of Vanuatu's political environment and the lack of representation for voters.

"So that the next elections, we don't get the same situation we have now that there's every Tom Dick and Harry running. We need to get a system where political parties become more solid, more transparent, compatibility with support in numbers that a party has in a constituency. We need to have some sort of system in place where we can stop all this rorting and duplicate voting and proxies and stuff that goes on."

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