A Senate resolution was adopted yesterday declaring a vacancy in the Senate after the passing of the late Senator Jonathan “Cio” Isechal.

The vacancy opened a Senate seat which can be filled with a special election that can be held not later than 60 days but no earlier than 30 days following the resolution’s passage.

Senate Resolution 11-121 said that there are still more than 180 days remaining in the unexpired term left by Isechal.

Isechal passed away on May 5th, 2023.

 A seasoned congressman with 12 years (3 terms) as a Delegate of Peleliu State, he chaired the powerful Ways & Means Committee in the House of Delegates. In 2020, Senator Jonathan “Cio” Isechal was elected to the Senate and served until he passed as the Chairman of the Judicial and Government Affairs Committee in the Senate.

In December last year, a special election was held after the passing of the late Senator Regis Akitaya.

Senator Salvador Tellames won the special election.

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