New Vanuatu Ombudsman appointed

Former Vanuatu Attorney General and Supreme Court Judge Hamlison Bulu has been appointed as the new Ombudsman. Picture: VANUATU DAILY POST

PORT VILA, 12 JULY 2019 (VANUATU DAILY POST) – Former Vanuatu Attorney General and Supreme Court Judge Hamlison Bulu has been appointed as the new Ombudsman.

The appointment was made by President Obed Moses Tallis.

Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the State House, Yan Dapang told Daily Post that Bulu was the successful candidate selected from a pool of five applicants who were shortlisted.

He said the appointment was made after they were shortlisted and due consultation process as required under the Constitution completed.

“The five applicants are Hamlison Bulu, Beverly Kanas, Velma Wamokarakani, Anolyn Hilo and Peter Taurakoto,” Acting CEO Dapang said.

The position had been vacant since December 2017 and Mr Alain Wai Molgos was appointed as the Acting Ombudsman on 14 March 2018.

Dapang said the position was advertised twice and the applicants had been waiting for a very long time.

Article 61 (1) in the Constitution provides for the appointment of an Ombudsman, stating: “The Ombudsman shall be appointed, for 5 years, by the President of the Republic after consultation with the Prime Minister, the Speaker of Parliament, the leaders of the political parties represented in Parliament, the chairman of the National Council of Chiefs, the chairmen of the Local Government Councils, and the chairmen of the Public Service Commission and the Judicial Service Commission.

Article 62 (1) stipulates the enquiries by the Ombudsman, in particular that the Ombudsman may enquire into the conduct of any person or body;

(a) upon receiving a complaint from a member of the public (or, if for reasons of incapacity, from his representative or a member of his family) who claims to have been the victim of an injustice as a result of particular conduct; (b) at the request of a Minister, a member of Parliament, of the National Council of Chiefs or of a Local Government Council; or of his own initiative.

Bulu will take his oath of allegiance next week.

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