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Candidates in Vanuatu who want to contest the national election scheduled for 19 March can now lodge their application.
The lodging of the candidature application form opened Monday 21 January and closes on Friday 11 February.
After the closing date of the application, the electoral commission will conduct background checks on every applicant to determine their eligibility to contest.
The electoral commission will screen every applicant to comply with the country’s law on elections. Candidates have to be 25 years old and should not have an undischarged prison sentence or bankruptcy, or owe government and provinces any monies.
The President of the Republic, judges, magistrates, civil servants, police officers, teachers and members of the National Council of Chiefs are all ineligible for election to Parliament unless they resign.
It will take a period of 20 days for the screening process between the closing and declaration of candidates.
The declaration of the qualified candidates for parliament general election is scheduled for the 02 March 2020. After the declaration, political campaigns will commence on the same day and will close at 12 midnight on 16 March.
In the 2016 snap election a total 245 persons contested the 52 seats in Parliament.
SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY POST/PACNEWS
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