By: L.N. Reklai

(Koror, Palau) Palau Election Commission is set to certify the results of the 2016 General Election today, November 15, 2016.

According Palau Election Commission’s Rules and Regulations, Section 18,“After all of the ballots have been counted, the Counting and Tabulation Committee shall transmit the election results to the Election Commission no later than 10 days after the election.  The Election Commission shall certify the results of the election within 15 days.” 


Based on the unofficial results of the 2016 general election, Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. with 264 wins the presidential bid for 2017.  Moreover, Raynold “Arnold” Oilouch wins the slot for vice president with 577 votes.

For the 10th OEK Senate, the new members are Steve Kuartei with highest number of votes of 7,055 followed by Frank Kyota with 6,573. Mason Whipps has 6,428. Aric Nakamura  comes in 4th place with 6,352votes.  Mark Rudimch received 5,823 followed by Hokkons Baules with 5,211. Phillip Reklai has 5,187 followed by Uduch Senior with 5,007. Camsek Chin gets in with 4,767 followed by Rukebai Inabo with 4,68.  Regis Akitaya remains with 4,661 and Kerai Mariur gained 12th place with 4,543.  John Skebong completes the 13 required numbers of senators with 4,453 votes.

The 16 who obtained the necessary numbers to sit in the 10th OEK House of Delegates include Noah Kemesong of Kayangel State (250), Dilmai Saiske of Ngerchelong State (316), Gibson Kanai of Ngaraard State (498), Masasinge Arurang of Ngiwal State (149), Lencter Basilius of Melekeok State (303), Sabino Anastacio of Ngchesar State (292), Victoria Kanai of Airai State (604), Lucio Ngiraiwet of Ngardmau State (143), Swenny Ongidobel of Ngeremlengui State (239), Lee Otobed of Ngatpang State (245), Marino Ngemaes of Aimeliik State (422), Mengkur Rechelulk of Koror State (1278), Jonathan Isechal of Peleliu State (300), Mario Gulibert of Angaur State (173), Yutaka Gibbons jr. of Sonsorol State (106) and Sebastian Marino of Hatohobei State (62).

So far, none of the legal complaints regarding the election has been upheld by the court and no formal complaints were filed during the tabulation or after the tabulation process.  No filings for recount had been filed nor had PEC ordered a recount.  PEC regulations states that PEC makes its decision regarding recount within 10 days and no such decision has been made by Palau Election Commission.