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Calls for compulsory medical checkups for Vanuatu politicians

Calls for compulsory medical checkups for Vanuatu politicians

Updated 2 January 2014, 18:01 AEDT

Political candidates in Vanuatu could soon be required to undergo medical check-ups before registering for upcoming elections.

The proposal comes from the Vanuatu Electoral Commission, and follows a series of costly by-elections in recent years that have resulted from the deaths of elected MPs.

And the commission's now set to hold another one, after the Internal Affairs Minister Patrick Crowby died just last week.

The Electoral Commission's Chairman, John Taleo, says many politicians in the country suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes and other health problems and his office simply doesn't have the money to fund more by-elections.

Presenter: Sam Bolitho.

Speaker: John Taleo, Vanuatu Electoral Commission's Chairman.

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