KOSRAE RUNOFF ELECTION DRAWS VOTERS ON GUAM

HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Jan. 29) - For the first time in Kosrae's history, there was a runoff election yesterday for lieutenant governor, bringing voters to the booths set up on Kosrae, Guam, Saipan, Honolulu and as far as Seattle.

It could take a month to send all the ballots to Kosrae to be tallied, said Likiaksa Timothy, the representative Kosraean election commissioner on Guam. Guam has about 220 registered Kosraean voters. A high turnout, maybe 80 to 90 percent, was expected.

Kosrae is a state in the Federated States of Micronesia, which has a compact of free association with the United States. The compact, signed in 1986, allows FSM citizens to emmigrate freely to the United States.

Unlike Guam, in Kosrae the race for lieutenant governor and governor are separate races. Timothy said typically there are only two candidates for an office, but in this election, there are three for lieutenant governor.

The result in November was that no candidate had the required majority vote, a first in Kosraean elections, Timothy said. The runoff election is between incumbent Lt. Gov. Gerson Jackson and William Tosie. The third candidate in the original election was Wilton Mackwelung.

Gov. Rensley Singrah was easily re-elected in November.

Seattle is the single polling place for Kosraeans on the mainland, Timothy said.

The votes from Guam will likely be put on a plane for Kosrae on Friday.

January 29, 2003

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