Finance Minister, Gaetan Pikioune

Finance Minister, Gaetan Pikioune

The Minister of Finance and Economic Management has refuted information circulated on social media, alleging that there will be a 25% increase on the Members of Parliament (MPs) allowances this year.

Minister Gaetan Pikioune has labelled the allegations as false and misleading.

The information posted on social media alleged that the Government will raise Members of Parliament (MPs) allowances by 25%.

Commenting on the issue, minister Pikioune, told the Daily Post that the claim is baseless.

“The Members of Parliament Allowances was already determined according to the Comprehensive Program (CRP) and is already in place,” he said.

“There were no suggestions for an increase. Whoever is circulating such unfounded information on social media should stop because it only tarnishes the reputation of the Members of the National Parliament.”

Members of Parliament (MPs) have voiced strong concerns during the First Extraordinary and First Ordinary Sessions of 2018 Parliament over the use of social media and various information posted on social media, calling on the government to introduce legislation that will control the use of social media in Vanuatu.

The circulation of an increase in MP Allowances by 25% appeared on social media not long after the 2018 First Extra Session and the First Ordinary Session of Parliament ended last month.

Minister Pikioune has urged those circulating false information on social media to stop.

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