Voters Raise Voices OverLong Distance To Polling Station

ON THURSDAY THE 23rd of March voters from the Vanuatu provinces of MALAMPA, PENAMA, SHEFA and TAFEA took to the polling stations to cast their votes.

On that day a Transparency International Vanuatu Team was traveling around the island of Tanna conducting community awareness’s on the Right To Information Law.

Some of the voters that were spoken to described the distances that they had to walk to vote as “tiring, but it is our duty to elect our leaders.”

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One voter from the Polling Station of Launalang Primary School in North Tanna explained that the long distances was just one little part of the hard work they do every time there is an election, “we wake up early in the morning, around two or three o’clock, and begin our journey to the polling station. We walk for around three to four hours to reach our destination.”

“When both parents come to vote they also have to bring all their children, including the elderly. This means that they have to cook their lunch very early in the morning so that they can eat together under a shade somewhere near the polling station.”

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“After lunch they do not go home yet. They want to hear the Unofficial Results, so they have to wait till the polling station closes its door at around four or five in the evening, and then around six the Unofficial Results will come out. And by the time they get home, which would take again another three hours, it would be around nine or ten o’clock at night.”

Voters who walk long distances claim that they have the capacity and resources to conduct electoral voting processes at their own villages, “we can operate our own polling stations that is nearer to those of us that are living in the remote areas if the authorities approve of it, we have the capacity and the resources,” said a voter from North Tanna.

The elections on Tanna run smoothly with no major disturbances.

Below are a few photos of that day.

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“Thank You For Our Right To Information” – Tanna Island.

“Thank you for the Right To Information Law” are the words that are highlighting Transparency International Vanuatu’s (TIV) travels throughout the island of Tanna.

Informing people along the roads of South East Tanna.

“Thank you to the Government and the MP’s for passing the Right To Information Law,” expressed the Chief of Bethel community,”a lot has been said by politicians on what they plan to do, but so little has been done. This law will help know of their progress.”

At every village that the TIV Team visited there was a round of applause before further information on the implementation phases of the RTI Law was delivered to them.

Informing the Tribal Chiefs of Middle Bush, Tanna Island.

“This is different from other awarenesses” explains TIV Advocacy Officer Douglas Tamara.”They applaud our visit because they took part in the consultation process of the RTI Bill before it became law. They supported the RTI Bill, and they said that their MP’S must support the RTI Bill because that is what their people want. And now that the RTI Bill has moved to become Right To Information Law they are very grateful for having been involved in the law making process.”

Informing people along the roads we travel – Tanna Island.

This rider was informed on his way to the garden.

Kwamera Primary School.

Bethel Community.

Informing the community leaders of Isaka Village.

“Thank you for our right to information. On behalf of the mothers we are grateful, because  we would like to know how our fees at the Lenakel Market House is being used to develop the market” said a women leader at Lenakel.
The TIV Team is expected to visited several communities before returning to Port Vila this Saturday.

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Right  To Information Law Awareness On Tanna Island 

TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL VANUATU  (TIV) Officers have met with the Secretary General of TAFEA Province to inform him of TIV’s Community Awareness Program on the island of Tanna this week (20th to the 24th).

TAFEA Provincial Headquarters

In 2016 TIV Officers conducted extensive community consultations throughout the island of Tanna on the Right To Information (RTI) Bill. Immediately after the RTI Bill was passed by Parliament in December 2016 preparations for another round of community awarenesses was planned to inform the people on the implementation phases of the RTI LAW.

On Tuesday the 21st of March the TIV officers currently on the island will visit Bethel community before moving on the villages of Lamnatu, Kwaramanu, and Manuapen.

On Wednesday the 22nd an awareness will be held at the Lenakel Market House before the team will move out again to visit several more villages.

Lenakel Market House

TIV Conducts Right To Information Law Community Awareness Sessions – Tongoa Island 

Transparency International Vanuatu Officers are currently on the island of Tongoa to conduct community awarenesses on the Right To Information Law.Tongoa island is the largest island in the Shepherd islands with the highest population. Apart from the other islands in the Group Tongoa is the only island with a sole representative in Parliament. 

In February the Right To Information Law was passed with no opposition in Parliament.

“This is a powerful law”. 

Morua Village  Elder, Tongoa Island.

The TIV officers met with the Provincial Officer to discuss the activities to be carried out on Tongoa during the 2 days of community awarenesses. 

Tanna island will be visited next week.

More updates will be published. 

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Vaturisu Chiefs Are Positive On Adaptive Leadership Training

MEMBERS OF THE Efate Vaturisu Council of Chiefs attended an intensive training  on Adaptive Leadership that was facilitated by Transparency International Vanuatu (TIV) and the Pacific Leadership Program (PLP) this month in Port Vila.

On a positive note several of the participating chiefs described the training as ‘very intensive’ and that participating in the training felt like being ‘counselled’.

9 Members of Vaturisu Council of Chiefs of the island of Efate were attended the training, this is second training that involves chiefs,  the first one was conducted with the Tanna Island Nikoletan Council of Chiefs.

The purpose of the Adaptive Leadership Training for the Chiefs of Vaturisu Chiefs was to :

1. Provide participants with an understanding of Adaptive Leadership as a practice of mobilizing people to tackle difficult situations and thrive;

2. Provide a learning space for reflection and re-strategizing;
Adaptive Leadership is a practice of mobilizing people to tackle tough challenges and thrive. It is specifically about positive change.

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Vaturisu Council of Chiefs

The training took place on the 16th of February and was funded by the Pacific Leadership Program.

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