Prime Minister (PM) Charlot Salwai said it is important for every eligible voter to register and get a national ID before May 29, 2024, which the referendum polling day.

He made this statement during the official launch of the National Referendum this week.

There will be outreach held across the country to raise awareness about the referendum.

These campaigns will involve various stakeholders like Members of Parliament (MPs), councillors, government employees, and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

They aim to encourage public participation and educate people about the importance of taking part in this democratic process.

PM Salwai stressed the importance of transparency, fairness, integrity, and responsibility in the referendum process, which will be overseen by the Electoral Commission.

He acknowledged that achieving a high level of participation will be challenging but essential for the success of the referendum.

The outcome of this democratic exercise will strengthen democratic institutions, establish a positive legacy, and enhance public trust in the electoral system.

Salwai expressed his hope for a peaceful and inclusive process, where everyone’s voice is heard and respected.

He sees the referendum as a significant step towards building a stable and prosperous future for Vanuatu.

The head of the government urged all citizens to exercise their right to vote on May 29, 2024 and emphasised the importance of democracy, transparency, and inclusivity in this process.

The PM said he sees the referendum as a testament to Vanuatu’s commitment to democratic values and a brighter future for all its citizens.

Salwai stated that this is the first time for Vanuatu to have a referendum since independence. He noted that it is important because it is a step towards addressing the political instability that has been causing problems in the country for a long time.