Members of 2nd Legislature

Members of the 2nd legislature of the 2nd Parliament from 1983 to 1987

NamePartyConstituency
Norman Roslyn Vanuaku Pati Banks/Torres
Charles Godden Vanuaku Pati Banks/Torres
Aaron Natu Vanuaku Pati Aoba and Maewo
Onneyn Tahi Vanuaku Pati Aoba and Maewo
Amos Bangabiti U.M.P Aoba and Maewo
Sela Molisa Vanuaku Pati Santo/Malo/Aore
Jole Antas Vanuaku Pati Santo/Malo/Aore
Harry Karaeuru NG Santo/Malo/Aore
Serge Vohor U.M.P Santo/Malo/Aore
Rene Luc F.M.P Santo/Malo/Aore
Andrew Welwel Vanuaku Pati Luganville Town
Jack Tungon Hopa Vanuaku Pati Ambrym
John Tete U.M.P Ambrym
Sethy John Regenvanu Vanuaku Pati Malekula
Aileh Rantes Vanuaku Pati Malekula
Keith Aisen Obed Vanuaku Pati Malekula
Litoung Lucien U.M.P Malekula
Malere Adrien N.A Malekula
Walter Hadye Lini Vanuaku Pati Pentecost
Ezekiel Bule Tangsu Vanuaku Pati Pentecost
Boulekone Vincent U.M.P Pentecost
Harry Collins U.M.P Paama
Jimmy Simon Vanuaku Pati Epi
Kenneth Tariliu Apia Vanuaku Pati Tongoa and Shepherds
Donald Kalpokas Vanuaku Pati Efate Rural
Barak Tame Sope Vanuaku Pati Efate Rural
Joel Pakoa Lao
Mansale
U.M.P Efate Rural
Willie Jimmy U.M.P Vila Town
Maxime Carlot U.M.P Vila Town
Kalpokor Kalsakau Vanuaku Pati Vila Town
Willie Korisa Vanuaku Pati Tanna
John Louhman Vanuaku Pati Tanna
Kapum Jack U.M.P Tanna
Jean-Marie Leye U.M.P Tanna
Kawai Thompson U.M.P Tanna

Political Groupings
Vanuaaku Pati (VP)
Union of Moderate Parties (UMP)
Independent Alliance Party (VIAP)
Nagriamel
French Melanesian Party

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Members of 3rd Legislature

Members of the 3rd legislature of the Parliament from 1987 to 1991

NamePartyConstituency
Onneyn Tahi Vanuaku Party Ambae
Harold Colin Qualao Vanuaku Party Ambae
Samson Bue U.M.P Ambae
Amos Andeng U.M.P Ambrym
Jack Tungon Hopa Vanuaku Party Ambrym
Charles Godden Vanuaku Paty Banks/Torres
Luke Titinson Dini U.M.P Banks/Torres
Andes Jacques Carlot U.M.P Efate
Joel Pakoa Lao Mansale U.M.P Efate
Donald Kalpokas Vanuaku Party Efate
Chilia Jimmy Meto Vanuaku Party Efate
Jimmy Simon Vanuaku Party Epi
Alfred Masseng U.M.P Luganville
Edgell William Vanuaku Party Luganville
Boe Roger Jerry Vanuaku Party Maewo
Lingtamat Anatole Vanuaku Party Malekula
Sethy John Regenvanu Vanuaku Party Malekula
Adrien Malere UMP Malekula
Paul Telukluk UMP Malekula
Alleh Rantes Vanuaku Party Malekula
Simeon Ennis Vanuaku Pary Malekula
Nipake Edward Natapei Vanuaku Party Other Southern Islands
William Mahit Vanuaku Party Paama
Walter Hadye Lini Vanuaku Party Pentecost
Boulekone Vincent UMP Pentecost
Gaetano Bulewak UMP Pentecost
Basile Tabi Vanuaku Party Pentecost
Sela Molisa Vanuaku Party Santo/Malo/Aore
Vohor Serge UMP Santo/Malo/Aore
Harry Karaeru UMP Santo/Malo/Aore
Rene Luc FMP Santo/Malo/Aore
Vuro Baravu Andrew
Molieno
UMP Santo/Malo/Aore
Kavcor Wass Vanuaku Party Santo/Malo/Aore
David Kari Vanuaku Party Sherpherds
Fred Kalo Timakata Vanuaku Party Sherpherds
Henry Iouiou Vanuaku Party Tanna
Iaris Naunun UMP Tanna
Iolu Johnson Abil Vanuaku Party Tanna
Keasipai Song UMP Tanna
Daniel Iamiaham Vanuaku Party Tanna
Kawai Thompson UMP Tanna
Maxime Carot UMP Port Vila
T.R Willie Jimmy UMP Port Vila
Maria Crowby UMP Port Vila
Hilda Lini Vanuaku Party Port Vila
Barak Tame Sope Vanuaku Party Port Vila

Political Groupings
Vanuaaku Pali (VP)
Union of Moderate Parties (UMP)

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Members of 4th Legislature

Members of the 4th legislature of the 4th Parliament from 1991 to 1995

NamePosition/PortfolioPartyConstituency
Hon. Cecil Sinker MP NUP Banks/Torres
Hon. Derek Lulum MP NUP Banks/Torres
Hon. Sela Molisa MP VP santo/Malo/Aore
Hon. Weles Timothy MP UMP Santo/Malo/Aore
Hon. Vohor Serge MP UMP Santo/Malo/Aore
Hon. Vurobaravu Molieno MP UMP Santo/Malo/Aore
Hon. Pisuvoke Ravutia Albert MP FMP Santo/Malo/Aore
Hon. Steven Franky MP Nagriamel Santo/Malo/Aore
Hon. Maseng Alfred MP UMP Luganville
Hon. Edward Tambisari MP NUP Luganville
Hon. Bangabiti Amos MP UMP Ambae
Hon. Bue samson MP UMP Ambae
Hon.Onneyn Tahi MP UMP Ambae
Hon. James Adin Tamata MP VP Maewo
Hon. Soksok Vital MP UMP Malekula
Hon. Batick Romain MP UMP Malekula
Hon. Telukluk B. Paul MP UMP Malekula
Hon. Elson Samuel MP MPP Malekula
Hon. Sethy John Reganvanu MP NUP Malekula
Hon. Jerrety Rasen MP UMP Malekula
Hon. Walter Hadye Lini MP NUP Pentecost
Hon. Allen Bule MP NUP Pentecost
Hon.Job Bulewu MP NUP Pentecost
Hon.Boulekone Vincent MP Nagriamel Pentecost
Hon. Jack T. Hopa MP VP Ambrym
Hon.Batick Blaise MP UMP Ambrym
Hon. Demis Lango MP UMP Paama
Hon.Jimmy Simon MP MPP Epi
Hon. Calo Joseph MP UMP Tongoa/Sherpherds
Hon. David Karie Robert MP NUP Tongoa/Sherpherds
Hon. Donald Kalpokas MP VP Efate
Hon. Jimmy Meto Chillia MP VP Efate
Hon. Carlot Louis MP UMP Efate
Hon. Barak Sope MP MPP Efate
Hon. Thomas Brothy Faratia MP VP Port Vila
Hon. Alick Hopman Allan MP VP Port Vila
Hon. Willie Jimmy MP UMP Port Vila
Hon.Maxime Carlot Korman MP UMP Port Vila
Hon.Hilda Lini MP NUP Port Vila
Hon. Iolu Johnson Abbil MP VP Tanna
Hon.Iouiou Henry MP UMP Tanna
Hon. Keasipai Song MP UMP Tanna
Hon. Lop Kissel MP UMP Tanna
Hon.Nako Charlie MP UMP Tanna
Hon.Jeffrey Lahva MP MPP Tanna
Hon. Nipake Edward Natapei MP VP Southern Islands

Political Groupings
Union of Moderate Parties (UPM)
Vanua’aku Pati (VP)
Vanuatu National United Party (VNUP)
Melanesian Progressive Party (MPP)
Fren Melanesia Party(FMP)
Nagriamel

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Members of 5th Legislature

Members of the 5th legislature of the Parliament from 1995 to 1998

NamePosition/PortfolioPartyConstituency
Hon. Andeng Amos MP   Ambrym
Hon. Bakon Gideon Fred MP   Malekula
Hon. Bangabiti Amos MP   Pentecost
Hon. Bangtor Daniel MP   Ambrym
Hon. Bahavus Josiah MP   Malekula
Hon. Boulekone Vincent MP   Pentecost
Hon. Bue Samson MP   Ambae
Hon. Bule Allen MP   Pentecost
Hon. Carlot Louis MP   Efate Rural
Hon. Dickinson John
Hughug
MP   Banks/Torres
Hon. Edgel William MP   Port Vila
Hon. Hakwa Silas MP   Ambae
Hon. Jimmy Imbert MP   Santo/Malo
Hon. Iauko Henry MP   Tanna
Hon. Willie Jimmy MP   Port Vila
Hon. Kalpokas Donald MP   Efate
Hon. Karie Robert MP   Tongoa
Hon. Kilman Sato MP   Malekula
Hon. Lango Demis MP   Paama
Hon. Lauha Jeffrey MP   Tanna
Hon. Lini Hilda MP   Port Vila
Hon. Lini Walter H MP   Pentecost
Hon. Varasmate Willie Ollie MP   Epi
Hon. Maseng Alfred MP   Luganville
Hon. Metmetsan Cyriaque MP   Malekula
Hon. Meto Chilia Jimmy MP   Efate
Hon. Molisa Sela MP   Santo/Malo
Hon. Morrisen John Willie MP   Malekula
Hon. Muelsul Edouard MP   Pentecost
Hon. Nafuki Allan MP   Southern Islands
Hon. Nako Charlie MP   Tanna
Hon. Natapei Edward Nipake MP   Port Vila
Hon. Natuman Joe MP   Tanna
Hon. Naukaut Shem MP   Tanna
Hon. Naunun Iarris MP   Tanna
Hon. Pasvu Philip MP   Santo/Malo
Hon. Ravutia Albert MP   Santo/Malo
Hon. Soksok Vital MP   Malekula
Hon. Solomon John Lee MP   Tongoa/Shepherds
Hon. Song Keasipai MP   Tanna
Hon. Sope Barak Tame MP   Efate
Hon. Tabivaka Paolo MP   Luganville
Hon. Tamata James Adin MP   Maewo
Hon. Tari John MP   Santo/Malo
Hon. Taribe Louise MP   Santo/Malo
Hon. Telukluk Paul B MP   Malekula
Hon. Titeks Jackleen R MP   Malekula
Hon.Vohor Serge Rialuth MP   Santo/Malo
Hon. Wetin Edgel MP   Banks/Torres

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Legislation

Legislation Power is exercised by a single-chamber legislature known as Parliament.

Legislature power is the power to give, adopt or amend laws. (The Shorter Oxford Dictionary defines a law as one of a body of rules which a state or community recognizes as binding on its members or subjects).

One of Parliament's most important functions is to approves the nation's budget, which is submitted annuallyby government as its estimate of the funds required for efficient administration of the country. In addition,all taxation and public expenditure require the authority of a law passed by Parliament. However, only the Government is allowed to introduce legislation levying taxation, or incurring or changing public expenditure.

 

  • Constitution of Vanuatu

    The Parliament of the Republic of Vanuatu came into existance by the virtue of the Constitution, which is the nation's supreme law: Articles 1 & 2 provide the framework for governing the Republic of Vanuatu and make it clear that the Constitution is the supreme law of the Republic of Vanuatu. This means that all other laws must be consistent with the Constitution.

    The Constitution provides for the three arms of Government

    • The Executive (the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers)
    • The Legislature (the Members of Parliament)
    • the Judiciary (the Judges of the Courts)
    • It also provides for the office of the President (mainly a ceremonial position but with the powers kept for times of political trouble, called (reserve powers") and for the Council of Chiefs (which has the important job of advising the Government about preserving Vanuatu customs and traditions).

    Brief history of the Constitution Day

    Credit: TIV and First Vanuatu President, Ati George Sokomanu


    1978 – 1979. Two Very Important Years: Mr. Sokomanu by tivnews

    Before 1980, people in the New Hebrides (Vanuatu) were ruled by two colonial powers of Britain and France. People from Britain and France migrated to the New Hebrides, as a result the archipelago was administrated by both Britain and France.

    Over time, several aspiring indigenous leaders of New Hebrides decided to work together to gain their independence from the two colonial powers.

    Father Walter Lini led the group of indigenous leaders, they worked hard with pride to prove to the colonial masters that they deserve their Independence and are capable or administrating their own country.

    Mr. Ati George Sokomanu was a member of that aspiring group, when TIV talked with him he said that “between 1979 and 1980 the group formed the constitution and legislations to prove to the colonial powers that Vanuatu is capable of looking after itself. 1979 and 1980 were two very important and formal years as we tried to form legislatures on how to move forward independently,” Mr. Sokomanu said.

    In 1980, New Hebrides was granted its independence after more than 70 years of being colonized. After gaining its Independence it was no longer called New Hebrides but was called Vanuatu – meaning ‘our land forever’.

    The leaders struggled for our freedom, they were proud of their achievement and because of that the Mama Law or the Constitution was formed to safeguard those achievements, and to cherish our ethnic, linguistic and cultural diversity.

    Ati George Sokomanu, who was elected as the first President of Vanuatu, said, “When a country achieves self-reliance, it needs to have a statue, something to bind everyone and start us off as we go through our journey”.

    So in 1979, the leaders sat together and started writing the Mama Law. Mama is the Bislama word for Mother.

    “When God sends Moses to the Mount Sinai he gave them two stones with the ten commandments written on it. The Constitution is like the Vanuatu’s ten commandments to guide us as we achieve our independence and work through it,” Mr. Sokomanu related. Firstly, Vanuatu is a democratic country where the people hold the power to elect its members of parliament who make up the government. The government then administrates the affairs of the country.

    This Mama Law is the highest law for the nation and every other law comes under it. The independence leaders of the Independence also set out on the mama laws the National and official language for the nation. The national language is Bislama, the official languages are Bislama, English and French and the principal languages of education are English and French. Also the republic of Vanuatu must protect its native languages as part of Vanuatu’s heritage and can declare any one of them as the national language. The citizens of Vanuatu have the rights to elect the members of parliament to form the government to rule the country. If the parliament establishes other laws, every citizen over the age of 18 years is entitled to cast a secret vote. Political parties may be formed freely and may contest elections but shall respect the Constitution and the principles of democracy.

    This was the first chapter of the Mama Law agreed on by the people who led the country to Independence in 1980.

  • Standing Orders

    Standing Orders are written rules of procedure which provide for the conduct of proceedings in the House including the passage of bills, rules of debate, the maintenance of order, appointment of committees, and the matters affecting the operation of the House.

    Every Parliament in the world has rules. They have them to try to make conduct of their houses of representatives orderly and constructive. The rules of the Parliament of Vanuatu are in the standing orders of Parliament. These rules started to be used in Parliament in January 1982. They are published in French and English.

    Every member of Parliament should be given a copy of the Standing Orders as soon as possible after they are elected. It is very important that all MPs know what is in the Standing Orders. They tell in detail how an MP can add to the life of Parliament. The authority of the Standing Orders is given by the Constitution of the Republic of Vanuatu 1988 under clause 21(5). This clause hands over to Parliament the right to "make its own rules of procedures".

  • Written Questions

    Member may adress a written question to a Minister relating to a public matter for which the Minister is officially responsible, in which he seeks information on that matter or asks for official action.

    Any Member desiring to ask a written question shall give notice thereof by delivering a copy of such question to the Clerk not less that four (4) clear days before the day on which he intends to ask the question.

    The written question shall be signed by the Member and shall show the day proposed for asking such question.

    The Clerk shall transmit without delay the written question to the Minister concerned with the question.

    The Minister to whom a written question has been asked shall deliver a written answer to the Clerk not later than two (2) clear days after the written questions has been transmitted to him.

    At the time scheduled for written questions, the Member who signed the question shall read it and the Minister to whom the question is addressed shall read the answer. The text of the written question and answer shall be reproduced in the Minutes of the sitting.

    Written questions and answers shall not be debated. But the Speaker may, at his discretion, permit a supplementary question to elucidate an answer.

  • Written Motions

    Any Member who whishes to move a written motion shall give notice thereof by delivering to the Clerk a copy of it signed by him and by one other Member acting as seconder not less than three (3) clear days before the day on which he intends to move such motion.

    The Clerk shall give a copy of the motion to each Member as soon as possible before the time on which the motion shall be debated.

    The rules contained in Standing Orders 34 shall apply to Contents of any written motion.

    When a written motion has been moved, the Speaker shall propose the question thereon to Parliament in the same terms as the motion and a debate may then take place. The mover, or in his absence the seconder,shall be entitled to open such debate and shall have a right of reply.

    When the debate on the motion has been concluded, the question shall forthwith be put by the Speaker.

    A motion may be withdrawn with the leave of the speaker before the question has been fully put thereon; but so withdrawn the motion may be moved again at some other sitting after due notice.

  • Statement by Members

    Any Member may make a statement to Parliament on any matter relating to his responsibilities as a Member of Parliament or on any question of Government policy. Any such statement shall be limited to fifteen (15) minutes for each Member.

    Any Member who whishes to make a statement in accordance with paragraph (1) shall inform the Speaker there-of before the opening of the sitting during which the statement is to be made.

    The Speaker shall decide the order in which such state- ment shall be listed on the Agenda.

    If no motion for a general debate is presented or accepted in accordance with Standing Order 37, the period of time allotted for a general debate shall be used for statements by Members.

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