PORT VILA, 26JUNE 2017 (VANUATU DAILY POST)—One of the important criteria for contesting the election for the President of the Republic of Vanuatu on July 3 is that candidates must prove to the Electoral Commission that they are healthy.

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Following the issuance of the writ for the election, the Electoral Office issued a public notice giving information as to how and when to apply to contest the election and also giving the different criteria required from candidates.

One of them is that “interested candidates must submit with their application a medical certificate that must be signed by a registered medical practitioner”.

A certain level of education is also required for the position because another criterion is that “interested candidates must provide a written history of their educational background and important employment positions held in past years”.

Potential candidates can access an application form from the Town Clerks in municipalities, or at the Provincial Headquarters or from the Principal Electoral Officer at the Electoral Office in Port Vila.

The application forms from applicants must be signed by 10 witnesses who are registered voters supporting the application and their names on the application forms must be the same as those on their electoral cards. The application form must include two passport size photos.

Lodging of the application forms has opened on Wednesday, June 21 and will close at 4.30 on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

Publication of the list and declaration of qualified candidates will be made on Friday, June 30, 2017 and the election of the President on Monday, July 3, 2017.

The election has come following the sudden death of the President, late Womtelo Baldwin Lonsdale, on Saturday, June 17, 2017.

On Monday, June 19, the Chief Justice issued the writ for the election in accordance with the laws for the election of the President on July 3 at 9am in Port Vila, Efate. Article 34 (2) of the Constitution requires that election of the President must be held within three weeks of the office being vacant….PACNEWS [/restrict]