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Candidates expected to focus on youth issues

By Bernadette H. Carreon

SAIPAN, CNMI (Mariana Variety, June 24, 2008) - The Youth in Action (YIA) in conjunction with the Koror State Youth Council (KYSC) will be hosting a presidential debate which will focus on the emerging youth issues.

The debate is relating to Palau’s economy, education, health, employment and environment and is slated on July 23, 2008.

"The debate is certainly an opportunity for Palau’s youth to raise their concerns, questions and inquiries directly to the presidential candidates," the statement said.

Emy Katosang, YIA Chairperson and KSYC President Vann Isaac said the debate will provide an alternative outlook for all other viewers as registered or new votes with information they will likely need to assess the suitability of the candidates for the presidency.

"Apart from benefiting the youth, the attendance of the general public will also further enhance the coverage of the candidates’ platform as they strive to better serve the community and the country as well," the statement said.

YIA and KSYC are currently holding meetings with all concerned and interested youths from all Koror Hamlets.

The meetings are emphasized on collecting real concerns, questions, and inquiries that directly and indirectly affect and assist the youth population that would in turn exhilarate the focus of the upcoming debate and reach positive outcome where all concerned youth had participated and contributed in every way to all discussions.

There are four candidates for the president and they are Vice President Elias Camsek Chin, Sen. Joshua Koshiba, Sen. Surangel Whipps and Palau Ambassador to Taiwan Johnson Toribiong.

Chin’s running mate is Sen. Alan Seid, Jackson Ngiraingas is Koshiba’s running mate while Toribiong is running with Del. Kerai Maruir.

Whipps is yet to announce his running mate.

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