Official Results of the 2019 FSM Election

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    Official Results of the 2019 FSM Election

    PALIKIR, Pohnpei—On March 5th, 2019 the citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) voted for their elected representatives in the Congress of the FSM. Comprised of fourteen senators elected to either a four-year (At-Large) or two-year term, the unicameral (one house) Body, also known as the Legislative Branch, is primarily responsible for enacting the Nation’s laws. On March 8th, 2019 the FSM National Election Office published the certified results of the FSM 2019 national election. On March 13th 2019 the FSM National Election Office published their official final tallies inclusive of official winners, and today, March 15th 2019, marks the deadline for candidates to petition or challenge the results.

    Per FSM law, national elections use the “First Past the Post” rules, i.e. whoever has the most votes wins. The President and Vice President are elected by the Congress from among the four At-Large senators. Vacant seats as a result of Presidential and Vice Presidential elections are then reopened for a Special Election.

    Below are the certified official and final results from the National Election Office declared on March 13th, 2019.

    Kosrae State has two senators in the Congress. For the four-year At-Large seat, candidate and Vice President Yosiwo P. George received 1,824 votes while challenger Aren B. Palik received 1,814 votes.

    Although the FSM National Election Office advises that candidate Aren B. Palik has formally challenged these results, the declared winner of the Kosrae At-Large seat is the Honorable Yosiwo P. George. At the time of this writing, FSM Information Services cannot confirm the disposition of this challenge, the details thereof, or what the results of the challenge may or may not be.

    For the two-year seat, the incumbent and Honorable Paliknoa K. Welly received 2,130 votes while challenger Johnson A. Asher received 1,491 votes.

    The incumbent and Honorable Paliknoa K. Welly has won the Kosrae two-year seat.

    Pohnpei State has four senators in the Congress. For the four-year At-Large seat, His Excellency, President Peter M. Christian, received 6,714 votes while the incumbent and Honorable David W. Panuelo received 6,774 votes.

    The incumbent and Honorable David W. Panuelo has won the Pohnpei At-Large seat.

    For Pohnpei Election District One, representing Kolonia, Sokehs, Sapwuahfik, Nukuoro, and Kapingamarangi, the incumbent and Honorable Ferny Perman received 2,397 votes while challenger Dr. Merlynn Abello-Alfonso received 2,136 votes.

    The incumbent and Honorable Ferny Perman has won Pohnpei Election District One seat.

    For Pohnpei Election District Two, representing Madolenihmw and Kitti—which had four candidates—the incumbent and Honorable Dion G. Neth received 2,077 votes, while challengers Berney Martin, Herman Semes Jr., and Quincy Lawrence received 1,105 votes, 1,020 votes, and 1,003 votes respectively.

    The incumbent and Honorable Dion G. Neth has won the Pohnpei Election District Two seat.

    For Pohnpei Election District Three, representing Nett, U, Mwoakilloa, and Pingelap, the incumbent and Honorable Esmond B. Moses received 2,543 votes while challenger Marstella Jack received 1,155 votes.

    The incumbent and Honorable Esmond B. Moses has won the Pohnpei Election District Three seat.

    Chuuk State has six senators in the Congress. For the four-year At-Large seat, the incumbent and Honorable Wesley W. Simina received 17,270 votes while challenger Eriano E. Eram received 3,523 votes.

    The incumbent and Honorable Wesley W. Simina has won the Chuuk At-Large seat.

    For Chuuk Election District One, representing the Mortlock Islands, the incumbent and Honorable Florencio S. Harper ran unopposed; he received 2,975 votes.

    The incumbent and Honorable Florencio S. Harper is the winner of the Chuuk Election District One seat.

    For Chuuk Election District Two, representing Weno, the incumbent and Honorable Victor V. Gouland ran unopposed; he received 2,694 votes.

    The incumbent and Honorable Victor V. Gouland is the winner of the Chuuk Election District Two seat.

    For Chuuk Election District Three, representing Tonoas, Uman, Fefan, Parem, and Tsis, the incumbent and Honorable Derensio S. Konman received 4,616 votes while challenger Eflove F. Mailos received 2,267 votes.

    The incumbent and Honorable Derensio S. Konman is the winner of the Chuuk Election District Three seat.

    For Chuuk Election District Four, representing Tol, Fanapanges, Eot, Patta, Polle Romalum, Udot, and Wonei, the incumbent and Honorable Tiwiter Aritos received 5,062 votes while challengers Manuel Rawit and Smith K. Paulus received 593 and 298 votes respectively.

    The incumbent and Honorable Tiwiter Aritos is the winner of the Chuuk Election District Four seat.

    For Chuuk Election District Five, representing the Halls & Western Islands, and Namonuito—which had five candidates running—the incumbent and Honorable Robson U. Romolow received 1,119 votes, while challengers Dr. Vidalino S. Raatior, Zander Refilong, Arisao Aichem, and Joseph Kono Jr. received 708, 463, 353, and 186 votes respectively.

    The incumbent and Honorable Robson U. Romolow is the winner of the Chuuk Election District Five seat.

    Yap State has two senators in the FSM Congress. For the At-Large seat, the incumbent and Honorable Joseph. J Urusemal ran unopposed; he received 2,371 votes.

    The incumbent and Honorable Joseph J. Urusemal is the winner of the Yap At-Large seat.

    For the two-year seat, the incumbent and Honorable Isaac V. Figir received 2,225 votes while challenger Fidelis Thiyer-Fanoway received 244 votes.

    The incumbent and Honorable Isaac V. Figir is the winner of the Yap two-year seat.

    In addition to the voting of the Nation’s elected representatives, all voters were asked to voice their opinion on whether or not the FSM should hold a Constitutional Convention. Per FSM law, at least every ten years this referendum must reappear (it can occur more often), and 75% of the population in 75% of the FSM states must consent for such a convention to occur.

    In Kosrae State, 1,476 voters said yes to a Constitutional Convention and 480 voters said no; in Pohnpei State 5,948 voters said yes to a Constitutional Convention and 2,790 voters said no; in Chuuk State 1,545 voters said yes to a Constitutional Convention and 1,926 voters said no; and in Yap State, 1,064 voters said yes to a Constitutional Convention and 1,262 voters said no.

    Mr. Tony Otto, FSM National Election Director, in a phone call on March 15th 2019, confirmed “There will not be a Constitutional Convention because two states passed the referendum and two states did not.”

    The FSM National Government is committed to democracy and democratic processes, including a transparent, open, and accountable election process. The Government thanks the citizens of the Nation who voted, for participating in the 2019 FSM National Election, and encourages all who didn’t vote to register for any and all future elections.

     

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