Alcohol Ban During General Election

As part of the process to ensure a peaceful general election this year, the Minister for Internal Affairs, Andrew Napuat, has signed an order to prohibit the sale of liquor from 12 midnight on 18th March to 12 midday on Friday March 20, 2020.

This was done under the Liquor License Act (CAP 52) Liquor Licensing (Prohibiting of Sale) Order No. 52 of 2019.

The sale of liquor in or from licensed premises throughout the provinces of TAFEA, SHEFA, MALAMPA, PENAMA AND TORBA whether for consumption on or off such premises is prohibited from 12 o’clock midnight Wednesday 18th March 2020 to 12 o’clock midday Friday 20th of March 2020.

Liquor may be sold during the period referred to clause 1 within the normal hours of the opening in restaurants and hotels to bona fide customers for consumption with food.

The Order was signed by the Minister for Internal Affairs, Andrew Napuat, on December 27 2019.

Official declarations for 19th March 2020 as polling day and also as a public holiday throughout Vanuatu have already been signed by the Head of State, President Obed Tallis.

The Electoral Commission announced this week, the budget of Vt100 million towards the 2020 general election.

Both the Electoral Commission and the Electoral office, government institutions and stakeholders responsible for the 2020 general elections, are busy in the preparations for the upcoming national parliamentary elections slated for 19th of March 2020.

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