Ganinngyan/Yangetmai Team Lead Yap Governor’s Race

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Election Commission still awaiting absentee ballots from U.S.

By Richelle Agpoon-Cabang

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Nov. 19, 2014) – With 2,273 votes, Yap gubernatorial candidate Tony Ganinngyan and running-mate Hopwwod Junior High School Social studies teacher James Yangetmai, are still leading based on unofficial Yap election results.

Unofficial results as of Friday showed that Henry S. Falan and running-mate Sabino Sauchomal had 1,810 votes while the tandem of Charles Chieng and Francis I. Itimai got 644.

The Yap Election Commission is still waiting for the absentee ballots from Portland and Dallas.

Through a public advisory, the commission informed the Yap community that the absentee ballots were supposed to arrive on Monday but were delayed due to flight issues.

In an interview, Yangetmai said: "We just need to hope for the best."

He said they can only wait and see until the official election results are announced.

Yangetmai said if he wins, he will need to leave Saipan and serve the Yap community.

He wants to help the Yap government generate and acquire more revenue and improve its economy.

"I am grateful for the support I have received from the community," he said.

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