By: L.N. Reklai
May 31, 2017 (Koror, Palau) Favian Iyar is the winner of the seat for Legislator-At-Large of Airai State after Palau Election Commission certified results of the special election of May 26, 2017. Other candidates were Reagan Sidoi with 133 votes and Donald Ringang with 81 votes.
Shortly after certification it was learned that Mr. Fabian Iyar, the Executive Director of Palau Community Action Agency has been placed on Leave Without Pay by the agency’s Board of Directors due to its regulation prohibiting employees from running for political office, says to stem from U.S. Federal funding requirements.
His status with the agency is pending the Board’s hiring committee’s report.
The special election was held to seek a replacement for former legislator Omtei Ringang who had recently passed away.
Only 25% of the total registered voters voted at this special election. Airai State has a total registered voters of 1,459.