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Municipalities (Amendment) Act 2015

REPUBLIC OF VANUATU


MUNICIPALITIES (AMENDMENT)
ACT NO. 5 OF 2015


Arrangement of Sections


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REPUBLIC OF VANUATU


Assent: 02/07/2015
Commencement: 02/07/2015


MUNICIPALITIES (AMENDMENT)
ACT NO. 5 OF 2015


An Act to amend the Municipalities Act [CAP 126].


Be it enacted by the President and Parliament as follows-


1 Amendment
The Municipalities Act [CAP 126] is amended as set out in the Schedule.


2 Commencement
This Act commences on the day on which it is published in the Gazette.


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SCHEDULE


AMENDMENTS OF THE MUNICIPALITIES ACT
[CAP 126]


1 Section 4A


Repeal the section, substitute


“4A Reserved seat for female councillors in each ward in a municipality

(1) In each ward in a municipality, one seat is reserved for a female councillor.


(2) The female candidate:


(a) who was not declared by the Electoral Commission as the winning candidate for a seat other than the seat referred to in subsection (1); and


(b) who has achieved the highest number of votes from other female candidates in that ward,


is to be declared by the Electoral Commission as the winning candidate for the seat referred to under subsection (1).


(3) To avoid doubt, the operation of subsections (1) and (2) are not affected, if a female candidate is declared by the Electoral Commission as the winning candidate for a seat other than the seat referred to under subsection (1). ”


2 After section 8


Insert


“8A Arrangement for payment of any rates, charges or other debts due to the council


(1) For the purposes of paragraph 8(l), an arrangement with the council for payment of any rates, charges or other debts due to the council after the period set out in that paragraph does not qualify a person for election as a municipal councillor.


(2) A person must provide to the Electoral Commission, an original copy of the receipt certifying that the council has received such payment referred to in paragraph 8(l).


(3) In addition to subsection (2), the council must submit to the Electoral Commission a bank statement of the municipal council showing proof of the receipt of any payment made for the purposes of paragraph 8(l).”



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