The President of Vanua’aku Pati (VP), Bob Loughman, has welcomed returning supporters that heeded the party’s ‘kam bak’ (‘return’) call and have voluntarily returned to the political party.
“As President of Vanua’aku Pati I wish to let citizens form Torres to Hunter and Matthew in the South (of Vanuatu) that VP is a party for everyone,” a statement about VP’s open-door-return policy stated.
The statement states that the policy is all about nation building.
The latest group to pledge its support for their party are members of the Mele village community who established a new subcommittee in their village.
This was witnessed by the party President, Mr Loughman, and members of his executive.
The political party is not new to Mele as the village in the late 1990s had successfully elected a candidate that contested under the VP banner, Mr Foster Rakom.
Mele villagers were some of the people that stood in front for the struggle for political independence in 1980.
The first President of Vanuatu, Ati George Sokomanu, hails from Mele.
The call for former supporters of VP to return to the party is part of the internal political reform that the party has undertaken.
VP is one of the many political parties in Vanuatu preparing for the national election that is expected to take place early next year.