Vanuatu Parliament Passes RTI Bill Unanimously

30 November 2016

Vanuatu’s Parliament on Nov. 24 unanimously passed a right to information bill tabled by Prime Minister Charlot Salwai,according to a report by the Pacific Island News Association.

Vanuatu becomes the 114th nation with a freedom of information regime, according to the FreedomInfo.org tally.

The article said the Minister for Land and Member of Parliament for Port Vila, Ralph Regenvanu, supported RTI Bill saying it was in the interest of society, the people and government.

Member of Parliament for Santo, Alfred Maoh, was quoted as saying, “I am supporting this Bill today because I see myself back in the village in the next ten years and I know this Bill will help me to have access to information from government.”

Opposition members of Parliament also backed the bill.

Parliament’s website includes the text of the bill, listed as passed.

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