Ngchesar State, one of the two parliamentarian-style governments in Palau, will elect a governor from the membership of its State Council. The State Council is made up of 9 elected members and chiefs.
The governor will be elected by the 17 member council but only the elected members are eligible to be elected governor. The top 3 contender names bandied about are Isebong Saito, Todd Ngiramengior, and Duane Hideo. Another name that popped out recently as another possible contender is Jackson Doktok. Of the four, Duane Hideo has served as governor before while all the others have served as legislators for several years.
Five other elected members include Martha Rechelluul, Chubby Mai, Marcello Ngiraikelau, Percy Bitoech Rechelluul, and Priscilla Siangeldeb.
By the nature of small communities, all the contenders are related and it has been difficult to get a clear idea of who may be the most likely candidate.
This January, four states are having new governments installed–Ngchesar being one of them. Others are Koror, Peleliu, and Ngaraard. Koror, Peleliu, and Ngaraard all have new people elected as governors. It will be seen if Ngchesar follows the trend and elects a person who has never held the seat of governor. (By: L.N. Reklai)