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By Agnes M. Abrau

KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon, Nov. 2) — Some 12,900 registered voters are expected to cast their votes today in general elections across Palau, the seventh general elections to be held in the Micronesian nation.

Two vice presidential candidates – the incumbent Sandra Pierantozzi and challenger Camsek Elias Chin – will face off in what could be one of the most hotly contested races in this year’s election.

There are 47 polling places spread across the 16 states of the country.

Counting and tabulation of votes will be done two hours after the polling places are closed. The counting and tabulation will be held at the Palau Community College Cafeteria.

Borja urged all registered voters to go out and vote. He warned that the Election Commission will cancel the registration of a voter who does not vote in this election or any quadrennial general election.

Borja said a total of 576 ballots were sent to the U.S. mainland on Oct. 23 for Palau citizens who wanted to vote via absentee ballots.

He said they based their number of absentee voters in the U.S. on the number of those who voted in the primary election on Sept. 28.

As this developed, Koror State Gov. John C. Gibbons has issued a memorandum to suspend the enforcement of the state law on election day. This means that the national election laws will prevail.

The state law prohibits campaigning in any form, broadcast and print media on election day. This means no tents for candidates; and no campaign signs and billboards on that day.

The amended election law only prohibits the following: campaigning within 500 feet of a ballot box, putting up of campaign signs, wearing of campaign shirts and campaigning on television and radio.

November 2, 2004

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