A bill to amend the law, removing the requirement for government employees to resign from their jobs before they run for national public office, has passed the 3rd reading in the House of Delegates.

Current law requires that any employee of the national government covered under the Palau National Public Service System Act must resign first before becoming a candidate to an elective office in the national government.

The proposed bill seeks to remove this requirement saying that it “discourages many otherwise qualified and exemplary citizens from seeking public office to best serve the Republic.”.

Furthermore, it states, “this current requirement for a resignation does little to further this trust, instead of acting as a hardship for citizens seeking to serve the Republic and preventing the potential candidacy of worthy public servants.”

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