Vanuatu

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Vanuatu has a population of approximately 250,000 people. The National Parliament has 52 members. Elections are held every 4 years. There are 17 constituencies used, with between 1 and 7-member constituencies. Vanuatu uses the single-non-transferable-vote system.

Since Independence, only five women have been elected to Parliament. The last general elections were held in Vanuatu on 22 January 2016, following the dissolution of the Parliament by the President of Vanuatu, H.E. Baldwin Lonsdale, in November 2015. The dissolution of Parliament was a result of the conviction of 14 members of parliament on bribery charges. 

A total of 261 candidates contested the elections, with 68 independents and 193 candidates from 36 political parties. 10 women contested in the 2016 election representing 3.8% of all candidates. Unfortunately, no women have been elected into the current Parliament. 

Enny Yonah

Party: VPP

Electorate: Epi

Province: N/A

Political Status: N/A

Eta Rory

Party: VLP

Electorate: Malekula

Province: N/A

Political Status: N/A

Fanny Cyrel

Party: PPP

Electorate: Efate

Province: N/A

Political Status: N/A

Hilda Motarilavua Lini

Party: Independent

Electorate: Port Vila

Province: N/A

Political Status: N/A

Jennifer Manua

Party: NUP

Electorate: Southern Outer Islands

Province: N/A

Political Status: N/A

Jenny Ligo Viregagaru

Party: Independent

Electorate: Port Vila

Province: N/A

Political Status: N/A

Leinavaua Tasso

Party: VP

Electorate: Epi

Province: N/A

Political Status: N/A

Letty Paltie Williams Kaltongga

Party: VLP

Electorate: Port Vila

Province: N/A

Political Status: N/A

Makin Rita Valia

Party: VPP

Electorate: Epi

Province: N/A

Political Status: N/A

Marie Nicolas

Party: VNP

Electorate: Banks/Torres

Province: N/A

Political Status: N/A

Marion Luen

Party: MPP

Electorate: Shepherds

Province: N/A

Political Status: N/A

Maryanne Bani

Party: Independent

Electorate: Port Vila

Province: N/A

Political Status: N/A

Nicole Kaloran Jimmy

Party: VGC

Electorate: Tongoa

Province: N/A

Political Status: N/A

Purity Tavue

Party: KDP

Electorate: Santo

Province: N/A

Political Status: N/A

Rosemary Antas

Party: VP

Electorate: Malo/Aore

Province: N/A

Political Status: N/A

Rosie Mothy Jacob

Party: Independent

Electorate: Ambrym

Province: N/A

Political Status: N/A

Wendy Himford

Party: KDP

Electorate: Port Vila

Province: N/A

Political Status: N/A

No Women MPs