A member of the parliament electoral college casts his
vote at Port Vila, Vanuatu, on Sep. 2, 2009. The Pacific island nation
Vanuatu held presidential election from Sep. 1 to Sep. 2. A total of 11
candidates, including two women, were contesting for the presidency.
PORT VILA, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- Tuesday's vote on a
new president for the Pacific island country of Vanuatu failed to come up with a
A total of 11 candidates, including two women, were
contesting for the presidency.
Under the constitution, a candidate must win the
support of two thirds of the Electoral College to be elected as a new president.
Acting President and Parliament Speaker of Vanuatu
Maxime Carlot Korman casts his vote at Port Vila, Vanuatu, on Sep. 2,
An electoral college comprising
the 52 members of parliament and the heads of the six provincial governments
cast their ballots at the parliament building to vote a new head of state.
Among the 11 candidates, Vincent Boulekone won 16
votes but failed to win the two thirds of the Electoral College, or 39 votes.
Former President Kalkot Mataskelekele won 14 votes
while Iolu Abbil won 11 votes. Kalo Nial and female candidate Yvette Sam both
won seven votes.
Another round of the election will be held on
Mataskelekele's current term as president expired in
Since the departure from the post of Mataskelekele,
Parliament Speaker Maxime Carlot Korman has been the acting