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    Referendum hemi blong exercisem fridom blo expresen : AG Loughman

    Sapos tufala amendmen ia bae save afektem raet blong wan Memba blong Palamen o blong wan sitisen hemi olgeta kwesten we pablik i resem long taem blong VBTC Pres Klab long wik ia.  

    Vanuatu Attorney General, Arnold Kiel Loughman hemi rispon se tufala amendmen blong atikol 17A mo 17B bae ino afektem fridom blong muvmen blong wan MP, be hemi moa long saed blong fridom blong expresen.

    “Wan Memba of Palamen hemi kat raet blong expresem opinion blem long wan Praem Minista tru long vot blem, hemia emi fridom of expresen,” hemi talem.

    Mr Loughman hemi explenem long pablik tu se long saed blong wan individual raet, bae Nasonal Referendum ia i no afektem fridom mo raet blong wan sisiten olsem we fulap man naoia oli stap pointem aot long atikol 5 blong Constitusen.

    Atikol 5 long Constitusen hemi tokbaot hao evriwan i mas tingting hevi mo respektem ol stamba raet mo fridom blong wanwan man mo woman long kauntri.

    Attorney General hemi rispon se fridom blong expresen hemi wan stamba raet tu we i stap insaed long Atikol 5 (1) (G) long Constitusen blong Vanuatu.

    “I semak taem yu kolo voting long Eleksen mo yu stap vot, yu stap expressem opinion blong yu long ol candidates afta yu stap vot.

    “Taem yu vot yumi no talem se yu stap exercisem freedom of movement, NO, yu stap exercisem freedom of expression blong yu.”

    Minista risponsibol blong Eleksen, Hon. Johnny Koanapo hemi talem se Referendum ia bae ino afektem individual raet blong wan man be hemi blong olgeta Memba blong Palamen nomo.

    Minista hemi givim comment ia long taem we Elektrol Ofis mo Elektrol Komisen oli stap givim awenes blong Nasonal Referendum long ol Memba blong Palamen long las manis.

    “Samfala oli tinkse bae oli tokbaot atikol 5 we hemi to do wetem ol raets blong ol individuals, this has nothing to do with individual raets insaed long Constitusen,” Hemi talem.

    “This has got to do with atikol 17 be hemi to do with eleksen blong Memba blong Palamen we ikam insaed.”

    Minista hemi talem se amendmen 17B hemi lukluk moa wetem eleksen blong Memba of Palamen we oli kam insaed as independent candidate or kastom movements.

    “And then mifala agri se letem hemia emi limitim raet blong mifala long Palamen, be bae hemi no tajem raets blong ol sitisen blong kauntri long atikol 5.

    “Ino tajem raets blong olgeta be hemi tajem ol raets blong ol MP insaed long Palamen.”

    Minista Koanapo hemi talem se hemi blong mekem sua se yumi givim benefit ia long process blong Democracy blong hemi happen.

    “Bae process ia bae no stopem yumi blong jenjem Kavman, be if you feel you want to change the Government long taem blem, you do it tru long politikol pati.”

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