Capitalizing on the unofficial results, politicians are already spending endless hours, numerous telephone calls, using messengers, and every political tactics they have at hand, to lobby one another for the formation of the next government for the country’s 12 legislatures.
During the political campaigns leading up to the national elections, politicians and their political parties were, as always in Vanuatu politics, distant themselves from one another and promoting their own political policies to the voters.
But now, with the unofficial results out, it is pointing more towards the likelihood of another coalition government.
Political parties with more seats will obviously want to head up the new government with top positions of prime ministers and deputy prime minister.
It is also politically obvious, depending on agreements, the political parties commanding the present national government, may agree to consolidate their provincial bases by pooling together to form the governments, but again, depending on the numbers of seats they command.
Political parties such as Graon mo Jastis Party with 9 candidates unofficially, Vanuatu Leaders Party 7, Union of Moderates Party (UMP) 5, Vanua’aku Pati (VP) 7, National United Party 4, Nagriamel 2, Iauko Group 2, and other movements and political parties whom their leaders will add numbers during the lobbying.
It is early days to be speculating about numbers, however the next few days will indicate the allegiances of these major political groupings and political parties with one, two and three MPs each, all which will decisively result in the formation of the new government.
Apart from the normal tactics now more than ever smart politicians have to step up their bargaining as ‘horse-trading’ intensifies and will continue to do so in the Parliament chamber.
History has shown MPs crossing floors and switching their allegiances in the last minutes before voting, not a last-minute decision but part of the plan.
As reiterated, it is early days to be speculating about numbers, however the next few days will indicate the allegiances of these major political groupings and political parties with one, two and three MPs each, all which will decisively result in the formation of the new government.
Daily post spoke to some party presidents but they decided not to comment since it is still early stage yet.
A shadow government will be soon known after the official results are announced by the Electoral Commission.