Funafuti, Tuvalu (13 June, 2019): The second Tuvalu Country Plan 2019 – 2022 or Gender Policy, developed for the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development Program launched on Wednesday night 12 June, at an event co-hosted by Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Enele Sosene Sopoaga, and the Australian High Commissioner H.E Karyn Murray, at the Government conference room.
Prime Minister Sopoaga jointly launched the Plan with the Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls, Dr. Sharman Stone.
Prime Minister launched the first Tuvalu Country Plan for Gender three years ago and said that at that time he indicated the support of the government onto accommodating and addressing the gender issues especially the rights of women.
He said, “I said then that it’s a smart policy and that we appreciate the work of Australia and partners. So I am very happy on behalf of the Cabinet to be given this opportunities to launch this plan.”
Dr. Stone praised the efforts of the government of Tuvalu with regards to gender equality and said it was an honour for her to be launching this Plan that had been widely consulted with relevant stakeholders.
“There is no debate that Tuvalu has embraced gender equality,” said Ambassador Stone.
On the issue of women and the rights of women, Prime Minister said, “The general spirit is there. Perhaps it is necessary to consider properly these measures for women… And these things we all adhere to in spirit in Tuvalu but we need to operationalize them in a complete manner.” The second Tuvalu Country Plan, which is aligned with key government of Tuvalu policies, builds on the achievements of the first country plan. As with the first Tuvalu Country Plan, TCPII was developed through a comprehensive literature review and in-country consultation involving 43 stakeholders representing a wide range of government agencies, CSOs and beneficiary groups.
Notice of General Election.
Funafuti, Tuvalu (13 June, 2019): The Tuvalu parliamentary four-year term is coming to an end and the government has begun the general election process, coordinated by the Office of Elections in the Office of the Prime Minister.
Mr. Tepaukie Sotaga, Deputy Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister and Assistant to the Secretary to Government as Commissioner of Elections, said the process begun on Friday June 7th following the signing of the Notice of General Election by the then Acting Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Maatia Toafa on the same day.
Along with the Notice of General Election, Ag. Prime Minister also signed and approved the appointment of Revising Officers and Registration Officers for each electoral district.
Mr. Sotaga said, “The process begins with the registration of electors or voters in 21 days from June 7th to July 9th 2019, for electors 18 years and above. Eligible electors who are out of Tuvalu during this initial registration period can register from August 21st to 27th.”
According to Mr. Sotaga, public announcements on Radio Tuvalu have also begun in which he and Acting Attorney General Ms. Corinna Ituaso, explained the schedule of events and the legal requirements for the general election, for the benefit of electors nationwide.
In accordance with the Electoral Provision Act, Parliament shall resolve to recommend to the Governor General to dissolve Parliament next week during its last sitting. General Elections shall be held within three months after the dissolution of Parliament.
Polling day will be on September 9th 2019.