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Vanuatu's electorate will go to the elections on 22 January to vote for a new government. Elections are taking place nine month earlier than planned after President Baldwin Lonsdale dissolved the parliament. On 13 January, at the government's request, Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma sent a panel of impartial monitors to the country's capitol, Port Vila.
This five-member Commonwealth Observation Group is headed by former Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Hubert Ingraham. It is the role of the observer to evaluate all elements that influence the reliability of the electoral process in order to establish whether they were carried out in accordance with both the Vanuatu law and in accordance with relevant interna -tional norms. Soon after the vote, the Group will publish an intermediate report on the main results.
His first tenure as Prime Minister of the Bahamas began in 1992. From 1992 to 2002 and 2007-2012 he was in charge. It is the second Commonwealth observer group of Mr Ingraham. He chaired the group of observers in Mozambique in 2014. Before being elected to the Federal Parliament, she was a councillor in Brisbane for 10 years.
It has already seen Timor-Leste and Bougainville holding election as part of a UN-led Australian observer group. Woolford is editor-in-chief of Capitol News, a TV station in Guyana. Previously, he was Head of Current Affairs (Radio) at Guyana Broadcasting Corporation and assisted in setting up the national communications network in Guyana.
1993 he established Capitol News. The trained jurist was head of the election office in Fiji and later ombudsman. In 2002 he was named United Nations International Election Commissioner for the presidential elections in East Timor and has been an election observer for the United Nations, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat since 2001.
Mr Rigamoto is currently working as a consultant on the project to strengthen the electoral systems in the Solomon Islands. She works with organisations of civic organisations in the fields of humanitarian law, peace-building and humanitarian safety. The EU has taken part in electoral monitoring in civilian societies in three Western Africa and was an authority on the issue of sex, freedom and international affairs in the 2014 Solomon Islands poll.
It is currently working on a trial to include young people and wives in the Ugandan non-violent election campaign.