Vanuatu Held Referendum to Amend its Constitution

Vanuatu is holding a referendum to amend its constitution to decrease the degree of political instability in the country.

Voting stations for the referendum started at 7:30 a.m. local time on May 28th and closed at 4:30 p.m. local time.

Electoral Commission Chairman said that some of the polling stations started late due to the weather but will stay open later to accommodate the voters.

The commission will begin counting the votes on June 3rd, after all the votes have been gathered.

The referendum asks voters to vote yes or no to add two articles to Vanuatu’s constitution: the first is that lawmakers will have their seats vacated if they cease support for or resign from a political party.

The second article stated that all lawmakers must be affiliated with a political party, and prohibits the formation of a single lawmaker party in parliament.