TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL VANUATU undertook a desk-based research on voter turnout in Vanuatu between 1983 and 2012 and noticed that the voter turnout has been decreasing over the years.

In 1983 there were 59, 712 registered voters and 44, 726 people had cast their votes; this means that around 75 per cent of voters voted during the 1983 general election.

In 1987, the voter turnout increased by eight per cent, which means that 83 percent of registered voters had cast their votes during the 1987 general election.

In 1998 voter turnout proved to be the lowest of all national elections at only 38%, however the figures slowly increased over the years and by 2008 voter turnout climaxed at 70 percent.

Unfortunately, the 2008 turnout could not hold as a baseline and eventually the numbers dropped down to 63 percent. Although the number of registered voters increased from 59,717 to 192,632 only 121, 792 people voted during the 2012 general elections.

The recent snap election official voter turnout is yet to be released by the Electoral Office.


 

Voter Turnout Since 1983

(Source of Info: Institute of Democracy and Electoral Assistance)

Year Voter Turn­out Total vote Regi­­stration VAP Turn­out Voting age popu­­lation Popu­lation Invalid votes
2012 63.‌22% 121,792 192,632 85% 143,293 256,155 1.‌30%
2008 70.‌38% 107,002 152,043 82.‌78% 129,255 230,820 1.‌40%
2004 68.‌58% 91,551 133,497 79.‌30% 115,450 205,754 1.‌20%
2002 63.‌47% 80,657 127,069 74.‌18% 108,735 192,910 1.‌80%
1998 39.‌87% 42,778 107,297 47.‌63% 89,820 186,277 0.‌10%
1995 72.‌44% 76,522 105,631 78.‌60% 97,362 169,000 0.‌60%
1991 71.‌30% 62,527 87,695 70.‌69% 88,458 153,000
1987 83% 58,100 70,000 69.‌30% 83,833 145,000
1983 74.‌90% 44,726 59,712 62.‌39% 71,692 124,000 0.‌10%
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