A draft budget of Vt20 million by the Electoral Office to cover the Port Vila Municipal Elections has been reduced to Vt13 million.

Principal Electoral Officer (PEO), Charles Vatu, says despite the reduction in the budget, the Electoral Office will do its best to accommodate all costs of the running of the 2018 Port Vila Municipal Elections within the government approved Budget of Vt13 Million.

He confirmed that all normal procedures and preparations for the Municipal election on March 7, to elect the new Port Vila Municipal Council, is going ahead as planned.

The original Vt20 Million draft Budget for the elections was based on the forecast of the number of candidates expected to contest the 7th March Port Vila Municipal Elections, and overall costs. Now that the budget has been reduced, the Electoral Office will have to tighten spending on the 2018 Port Vila Municipal Elections.

The number of applications from hopeful candidates has soared to 200 for the 17 Seats in the Municipal Council of Vanuatu’s capital Port Vila.

The Daily Post understands that women candidates contesting for the five reserve seats for women is also high.

On the question of fees paid by the candidates for running in the elections, PEO Vatu confirmed that fees for an application Form is Vt2,000 and candidature fee is Vt20,000.

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