27 Aug 2008

TI Vanuatu says voter awareness has increased

3:55 pm on 27 August 2008

Transparency International in Vanuatu says people are becoming sharper about asking questions of politicians.

Nearly 350 candidates will contest the election next week for a place in the 52-seat parliament.

Th president of Transparency International in Vanuatu, Marie-Noelle Ferrieux-Patterson, says the problem now is getting politicians to answer the questions.

"The problem is that we have well established politicians. We also, like in PNG, more voters on the list than there are people eligible to vote. So we have an underlying electoral fraus all the time that is very important."

Marie Noelle Ferrieux Patterson says a reflection of the people's new knowledge and attitude is the number of independent candidates.