POHNPEI, 13 MARCH 2017 (KASELEHLIE PRESS) –Last week voters in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) turned out to elect their representatives for the two year seats at the Congress and to decide whether or not the Constitution should be amended to allow for dual citizenship.


Kaselehlie Press reports the National Election Commission has sent a letter to President Peter Christian with the certified results of the election.

In his letter to the President, the National Election Director, Tony Otto explained the results were a bit delayed because the State of Chuuk was late in sending its final results.

The proposed Constitutional amendment to allow dual citizenship failed to pass. For a Constitutional amendment to be passed, 75 percent of the votes of the state needs to vote “yes” to amending the Constitution.

85 percent of Kosrae voters voted for the amendment. Pohnpei’s votes fell short of the standard by 4.79 percent. Only 61 percent of Chuuk’s voters approved the amendment and in Yap, it was only 52 percent.

Kosrae’s representative to Congress for the next two years will be incumbent Paliknoa K. Welly, who ran unopposed for the seat. Pohnpei has three two year seats. Incumbents Ferny S. Perman and Esmond Moses will occupy two of those seats. Dion G. Neth will take the seat currently occupied by Senator Berney Martin.

Chuuk has five two year seats. Voters chose Florencio Singkoro Harper, Victor “Vicky” Gouland, Tiwiter Aritos, Doresio Konman, and Robson Romolow to take those seats.

Isaac V. Figir retains his two year seat for Yap.

This year’s election offered voters the opportunity to potentially select the first two women to serve in the FSM Congress. Though the women made good showings in the election, voters did not choose them… PACNEWS [/restrict]