CHIN APPARENT WINNER IN PALAU PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY

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Will face Sen. Koshiba in November general elections

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Sept. 24, 2008) – Palau presidential candidate Elias Camsek Chin, the current vice president, and his running mate, Senator Alan Seid, have won Tuesday’s presidential primary.

Pacific Magazine reports that the pair had a 245 vote lead over the second place team of attorney Johnson Toribiong and Delegate, Kerai Mariur.

Two other pairings were eliminated from the race.

[PIR editor’s note: The two eliminated tickets reportedly were Senator Joshua Koshiba with Peleliu Governor Jackson Ngiraingas, and Senator Joshua Koshiba with Peleliu Governor Jackson Ngiraingas. Outgoing president Tommy Remengasau is running for a Senate seat in the November General Elections.]

The two leading teams will face off in the November 4th general election.

The paper says absentee votes still remain to be counted but are not expected to change the results.

Voter turnout was a low 53 per cent.

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