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Parliament name Parliament
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Dates of election / renewal (from/to) 30 October 2012
Purpose of elections A record 16 parties and four independent candidates won parliamentary representation, creating a fragmented 52-member Parliament. Former Prime Minister Edward Natapei's Vanua'aku Pati (VP) came in first with eight seats, followed by caretaker Prime Minister Sato Kilman's Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) which took six. No women were elected.

During the election campaign, the VP promised to conduct a study into setting up a health insurance scheme, while the PPP pledged to enact a law to protect the rights of disadvantaged groups.

On 19 November, Mr. Kilman defeated Mr. Natapei in the premiership elections in Parliament by 29 to 23 votes. The new Prime Minister formed a coalition government comprising nine parties, which had taken a total of 27 seats (see "Names of Parties in government" below) and several independent members.
Date of previous elections: 2 September 2008

Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature: 2 September 2012

Timing of election: Upon normal expiry

Expected date of next elections: October 2016

Number of seats at stake: 52 (full renewal)

Number of candidates: 346 (336 men, 10 women)

Percentage of women candidates: 2.9%

Number of parties contesting the election: 32

Number of parties winning seats: 16

Alternation of power: Not applicable (the composition and the head of the government had changed before the 2012 elections)

Number of parties in government: 9

Names of parties in government: People's Progress Party, the National United Party, Reunification Movement for Change (RMC), Green Confederation, Iauko Group, Nagriamel, Natatok, Peoples' Service Party and Vanuatu Republican Party

Date of the first session of the new parliament: 19 November 2012

Name of the new Speaker: Mr. George Wells (People's Progress Party)
Voter turnout
Round no 130 October 2012
Number of registered electors
Blank or invalid ballot papers
Valid votes
121'792 (63.23%)

Distribution of seats
Round no 1
Political Group Total
Vanua'aku Paty (VP) 8
People's Progress Party (PPP) 6
Union of Moderate Parties (UMP) 5
National Unity Party (NUP) 4
Land and Justice Party (GJP) 4
Independents 4
Reunification Movement for Change (RMC) 3
Iauko Group (IG) 3
Green Confederation (GC) 3
Nagriamel (NAG) 3
Melanesian Progressive Party (MPP) 2
Natatok (NAT) 2
Peoples Service Party (PSP) 1
Vanuatu National Party (VNP) 1
Vanuatu Liberal Democratic Party (VLDP) 1
Vanuatu Progressive Development Party (VPDP) 1
Vanuatu Republican Party (VRP) 1
Distribution of seats according to sex
Percent of women
Distribution of seats according to age
Distribution of seats according to profession
Parliament (14.11.2012)
Official Gazette (06.11.2012)

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