Tanna by-election

Jimmy Nipo unofficial winner in Tanna by-election

Reports from Tanna island confirmed that there was poor turnout in some polling stations.

Unofficial results after the counting yesterday evening indicated that VLP candidate Nipo got 3877 votes out of all 36 polling station in Tanna.

Vanua’aku party candidate, Harry Iati, finished second with 2980 votes.

Ten candidates contested the by-election on Tanna.

Nine run for Tanna seat in Vanuatu

The Daily Post newspaper said it remained to be seen if political alliances would come into play to determine who is going to win the by-election.

There are representatives from the Iauko Group, Vanuaaku Pati, Leaders Party, Leleon Vanua Democratic Party, Rural development Party, Union Moderate Party, and Vanuatu National Democratic Party.

There are also two independents running.

The biggest competition is touted to be between the Vanuaaku Pati's Harry Iatika Nakat Namak and Jimmy Nipo Nanuman from the Leaders Party.

Coalition partner agrees to Vanua'aku request for by-election

The party's leader Ralph Regenvanu has confirmed this is in response to a request by a fellow government coalition party, the Vanua'aku Pati.

A by-election is to be held next month after the Vanua'aku Pati's President Joe Natuman lost his parliament seat.

Mr Natuman was earlier found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice and given a suspended two-year sentence.

His party intends to stand a candidate who could hold the seat until the next general election in 2020 when Mr Natuman hopes to return.

Vanuatu's Tanna by-election set for Sept 25

Mr Natuman lost his appeal case against the Speaker of the House to continue as an MP after he was found guild of attempting to pervert the course of justice and given a suspended two-year sentence.

The Daily Post newspaper says the people of Tanna have from August 6 to 14 to lodge the names of their candidates.

Mr Natuman was the leader of the Vanuaaku Pati which spearheaded the country's move into independence in 1980.