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Upcoming Vanuatu Provincial Polls May Be Postponed
Numerous complaints received about electoral roll issues

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Nov. 27, 2012) – The chairperson of Vanuatu’s Electoral Commission, John Taleo, says he is considering whether to postpone the upcoming provincial elections.

Fresh from an error-ridden general election, the Commission has been the subject of criticism over the electoral system and the state of the electoral roll.

Two weeks ago the Commission announced the polling date for provincial elections as January 8th next year.

But Mr. Taleo says the Kilman government is particularly concerned about the electoral roll.

"I’ve received a lot of complaints, [asking] why we can’t sort out the electoral rolls before we go to the provincial elections. The problem for me to move the dates is that the date for the dissolution of the current Local Government Councils is December 3rd. Then the law says after the 3rd of December, it has to be one month... to conduct an election."

John Taleo says he expects the Commission to decide on the date for the elections before the end of the week.

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