Prime Minister Charlot Salwai and Mrs Salwai arrived on their home island of Pentecost yesterday to cast their votes at Melsisi poling station today during Penama provincial elections.
Melsisi poling station is one the biggest poling stations in Pentecost Constituency with over 500 registered voters.
Mr Salwai and his family are registered to vote in Pentecost constituency during general and provincial elections.
PM Salwai is expected to return in Port Vila during the weekend. Other government ministers and parliamentary secretaries are also in their respective constituencies to cast their votes today in Penama, Malampa, Shefa and Tafea provinces today.
The customary dance of the island of Ambrym is one of the customary dances that focuses on the day of the leaders on March 5 this year. During this time, almost all the islands of Vanuatu have presented customary dances to mark this day and at the same time mark the reopening of the nakamal of the leaders of the Malvatumauri of Port Vila which was damaged by the cyclone Pam. This day was like a mini arts festival. This was to begin at the Independence Parks where the customary dance of Maevo leading the delegation that came from the islands, chiefs, people who are on Port Vila and government officials. There were speeches, food for the public and customary dances that marked this moment, it was really the day of the chiefs.
National Chiefs Day this years was an occasion for the new President of Republic of Vanuatu, Fr Baldwin Lonsdale to meet with one the respected chiefs on Tanna and well known chief of Vanuatu, Chief Isaac Wan. The two chiefs met at Independence Park and they also marched with their counterparts chiefs from around the country to mark national Chiefs Day in Port Vila. Chief Wan is the highest chief of John Frum Movement on Tanna but he is also the commander of John Frum police. He was accompanied in Port Vila by one of his body guard in full military uniform.
Three days celebrations in Port Vila to mark National Chiefs Day on 5 of March and the re-opening of Malvatumauri Nakamal was like a mini arts festival. The main celebration on 6th March was highlighted by a march leaded by Prime Minister Charlot Salwai. It was really a big celebration because the two former MPs, Moana Carcasses and Paul Telekluk were also among the people to march through main town of Port Vila to Malvatumauri Nakamal.
Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai was one of the country's leaders who donated pig and food to mark National Chief Day on 5th March this year. Mr Salwai who is also a chief on his home island of Pentecost congratulated the National Council of Chiefs, Malvatumauri for the safeguard of Vanuatu's culture, costumes and traditions. The traditional gesture of Mr Salwai was welcome by the President of Malvatumauri National Council of Chiefs, Chief Tirsupe Sinimau.
The Government of the Republic of Vanuatu extends its deepest appreciation to the many individuals, community leaders, organisations and institutions who provided valuable perspectives, ideas and support throughout the process that has given rise to this plan. The deliberations and analysis of the technical officers and officials was greatly informed by the extensive programme of national consultations.
The Government further extends its gratitude for the dedication and technical rigour of those who took part in the working groups, which were led by the Department of Strategic Policy, Planning and Aid Coordination.
A Special Sitting of Parliament, pursuant to Chapter 14 of the Constitution, was convened between the 9th and the 16th of June 2016 for the primary purpose to deliberate over the Bill for the Constitution (Seventh) (Amendment) Act No … of 2016 (Bill). A copy of the Bill is attached and marked as Appendix 2. Consequently on the 16th of June 2016, it was unanimously resolved by Parliament that the said Bill comprising the Constitutional Amendments be submitted to an ad hoc committee for the purposes of further scrutinising the proposed amendments and to consider the extent upon which there required to be a broader consultation upon the provisions of the said Constitutional Amendments.
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Electoral Commission to finalise and to publicise the final names of candidates to contest Malampa, Penama, Shefa and Tafea on 23rd this month 2017
On behalf of the people and government of Vanuatu, I am delighted to present to you Vanuatu 2030 | The People's Plan as our National Sustainable Development Plan for the period 2016 to 2030.
This plan builds on the progress made and lessons learned under the Priorities and Action Agenda, which guided our national development efforts between 2006 and 2015, and the Millennium Development Goals, which also expired in 2015.
The report below shows the breakdown across all thirteen ministries of the overall progress made towards the 100 Days Plan and the Medium to Long Term Plans over the last year. There are three classifications which have been used throughout this report: