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[New post] Is diversity of political representation possible in Vanuatu?

WordPress.com dailydigester posted: "By Anna Naupa and Nick Howlett Part 2 of a 3-part series on Vanuatu’s Electoral Integrity < Read Part 1: ‘Ghostbusters: it’s time to deal with Vanuatu’s phantom voters’   VANUATU’S NATIONAL ELECTIONS give citizens the opportunity to " Respond to this post by replying above this line New post on Vanuatu Daily Digest Is diversity of political representation possible in Vanuatu? by dailydigester By Anna Naupa and Nick Howlett Part 2 of a 3-part series on Vanuatu’s Electoral Integrity Vanuatu’s women deserve better political representation. Photo: Vanuatu Department of Women’s Affairs < Read Part 1: ‘Ghostbusters: it’s time to deal with Vanuatu’s phantom voters’   VANUATU’S NATIONAL ELECTIONS give citizens the opportunity to shape the nation’s future through their choice of political representation. Electoral boundaries and the total number of constituencies have shifted over the years in response to demographic changes. Recent media reports have suggested that electorates will be again be modified sometime before 2020. Today, there are 52 seats in the national parliament, with MPs drawn from most of Vanuatu’s different islands. However, this seeming diversity masks the lack of representation of different demographic groupings within Parliament: women, young people, people with disability, religious minorities and other groups that are not part of the mostly male political elite are effectively excluded. The omission of a significant proportion of the population disadvantages Vanuatu’s national development, because their contributions and needs are left out of the political debate. Read more of this post dailydigester | January 11, 2016 at 8:59 am | Tags: 2016 General Election, democracy, elections, electoral integrity, gender, minorities, political representation, politics, single non-transferable voting, SNTV, women | Categories: Opinion | URL: http://wp.me/p2A4RK-H6 Comment    See all comments    Like Unsubscribe to no longer receive posts from Vanuatu Daily Digest. Change your email settings at Manage Subscriptions. Trouble clicking? Copy and paste this URL into your browser: http://ift.tt/1OcGDwy Thanks for flying with WordPress.com

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