Sun. Dec 8th, 2019

Petitioners seek approval of draft petition form to amend constitution

Petitioners seeking to amend the Palau national Constitution to limit voting by absentee ballots to those who are temporarily absent from Palau is asking Palau Election Commission’s two remaining Board members to approve the draft petition form in order for petitioners to begin obtaining required signatures.

Currently Palau Election Commission does not have a quorum, with only two Board members whose terms have not expired, Petitioners seek an approval of the petition form in order to quickly begin the process of garnering signatures.

“Since Palau Election Commission is to review the technical form and substance of the Petition, I am inclined to believe that your quorum is not necessary.  However, full compliance with the applicable law, even if merely ministerial and technical in nature, we wish to receive official approval of the Palau Election Commission.

With the law requiring that referendum take place 6 months before the general election, the Petitioners seek to expedite the form in order have the election no later than June of 2020.

In a letter to Commissioner Benjamin Yobech and Commissioner ElenitaBrell, Attorney Toribiong for his clients, stated that the draft petition is “believed to satisfy all the legal requirements prescribed by law for such Petition.”

So far, Senate has not approved President Remengesau’s appointments to fill the vacant seats of the Palau Election Commission. (L.N. Reklai)

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