The chairman of the Commonwealth observers in Vanuatu elections and former prime minister of Bahamas, Hubert Ingraham said its five members team will observe weather the elections on Friday have been conducted according to the standards for democratic elections to which Vanuatu has committed itself including the country’s constitutional framework.
Mr Ingraham made comments during a press conference with local medias this afternoon. He said since their arrival on 13th January, they have already meet with different institutions in Vanuatu. Mr Ingraham said that in 20th January, they will be deployed on the constituencies of Santo, Efate, Port Vila and Efate to observe pre-election environment and preparations for polling.
Mr Ingraham said that his team will issue an interim statement of key findings shortly after the election. He said that a final report will be prepared in Vanuatu prior to their departure on 25 January. Mr Ingraham said that this snap election is a significant election for the people in Vanuatu in the view of recent developments and the constant challenges in Vanuatu. He praised Vanuatu for the maintaining of the rule of law with the recent sentencing of 15 members of parliament.