The longest serving Member of Parliament of Malekula and Vanuatu for this 12th Legislature, Esmon Saimon, will preside the first sitting of Parliament.
According to the Standing Orders of Parliament, Part 1, Election of Speaker (2) stated that “The Senior Member of Parliament shall preside over the debate for the election of Speaker”.
MP Saimon, now 64 years old, was first elected in December 1998 and since then he was unbeatable and defended his seat until the recent election elected with more than one thousand votes in his constituency, Malekula.
The position of Speaker of Parliament is not new to MP Saimon since he was a former speaker of the house for three years in the last legislature and also acting as the president of republic for several occasions.
After being reelected this year, MP Saimon will hold his position as an MP for 22 years inside Parliament.
He worked first as Secretary to the South West Bay Cooperative Society, from 1978 to 1982, then went into private business (in “retail and fishing”) until 1998.
He served in office in the Malampa Province assembly from 1992 to 1996, then was elected as MP in December 1998.