6 Jul 2017

Vanuatu leaders to elect new president today

9:27 am on 6 July 2017

Vanuatu is to elect its new president today after an electoral college was unable to settle on a final choice yesterday.

A presidential candidate needs the support of two-thirds of the electoral college, which is made up of the 52 members of the national parliament, and the chairs of provincial councils.

Vanuatu Digest reports that yesterday afternoon the presbytarian pastor Tallis Obed Moses achieved 32 votes and the former prime minister Maxime Carlot Korman 23.

Two other candidates achieved one vote each.

The Electoral College will meet again today to vote following the death of Father Baldwin Lonsdale last month.

Chief Justice Lunabek will continue as returning officer for the poll.