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By Moneth G. Deposa

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Dec. 13) – Only 41 percent of Pohnpei’s registered voters on Saipan cast their ballots for the runoff election on Tuesday.

"This is a very small turnout and a very disappointing result," Kohne Ramon, Pohnpei election board member, told Variety.

Pohnpei has 20,000 registered voters including absentee voters on Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Hawaii and the mainland United States.

In the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, only 180 of the over 440 voters cast their runoff ballots at the Garapan Round House.

The election board tabulated the votes and Ramon said the unofficial result showed that former Gov. Del S. Pangelinan got 93 votes while John Ehsa received 87 on Saipan.

In the lt. governor’s race, Churchill Edward got 162 votes while Kiomy Kilmede garnered only 17.

Ramon said despite the "surprising" constitutional amendment on the ballot, 148 were in favor and 26 were against it.

Voters were never told what the proposed constitutional amendment was all about.

The ballot merely stated that the proposal "shall amend Article 15 of the Constitution by adding a new Section 6."

The results on Saipan were announced before 9 p.m. on Tuesday night and were forwarded to Pohnpei Election Board.

During the Nov. 13 general elections, five candidates ran for governor, which Ehsa topped. Pangelinan placed second.

A runoff was held because none of the candidates secured a majority of the votes cast.

Marianas Variety

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