Chuuk Gubernatorial Run-Off Election Held On Guam

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Incumbent gubernatorial team running for third term

By Joy White

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Marianas Variety Guam, April 3, 2013) – A run-off election from the March 5 general election for the Chuuk State governor and lieutenant governor posts was held yesterday at the Yigo Gymnasium. Polls closed at 8 p.m. and as of press time, unofficial results for Guam’s ballots were unavailable.

Omais region poll supervisor Charles Rianong said the ballots will be hand-counted and the results will be sent back to be tabulated, along with votes from Chuuk, Saipan, Hawaii, the mainland U.S., and Pohnpei.

Guam’s unofficial results should be completed by today, Rianong said, while final results are expected to be released at least three days after the election.

Incumbents Gov. Johnson S. Elimo and Lt. Gov. Ritis Heldart are running for their third term against Alexsander Narruhn and Willy "W-3" Williander.

The Chuuk Constitution mandates that the governor and lieutenant governor be decided by a vote of 50 percent plus 1. During the general election, there were four candidates each for the governor and lieutenant governor seats.

More than 4,000 voters participated in the Guam general election, and officials estimate about half of that would have voted in the run-off.

Chuuk State is part of the Federated States of Micronesia, along with Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae.

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