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    The Honorable Yosiwo P. George Wins Kosrae At-Large Revote

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    The Honorable Yosiwo P. George Wins Kosrae At-Large Revote

    PALIKIR, Pohnpei—On Thursday April 18th, 2019, a revote of the Kosrae State Special Polling Place in Pohnpei was conducted at the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) National Election Office for the four-year (At-Large) seat in the Congress of the FSM. After the revote’s completion and certification, the FSM National Election Office published the Declaration of Winning Candidates for the March 5th, 2019 FSM Congressional Election which serves as the official and final record for the 2019 FSM National Election.

    162 voters participated in the April 18th, 2019 revote wherein the Honorable Yosiwo P. George received 103 votes and the Honorable Aren B. Palik received 59 votes. Prior to the April 18th, 2019 revote Candidate George was the winning candidate with a margin of victory of 10 votes. Upon conclusion of the revote, Candidate George remains the winning candidate with a margin of victory of 17 votes.

    The Honorable Yosiwo P. George is the declared winner of Kosrae State’s four-year At-Large seat.

    Prior to the Kosrae At-Large revote and the release of the Declaration of Winning Candidates document, FSM Information Services was advised by the FSM National Election Office, and reported, that the Constitutional Convention would not occur on the premise that it did not receive 75% of the vote in 75% of the FSM states, which was inaccurate. FSM Information Services regrets this error.

    A Constitutional Convention requires a simple majority of votes to pass. 10,033 voters answered “yes” to a Constitutional Convention and 6,458 voters answered “no”; thus, there shall be a Constitutional Convention.

    To view the Declaration of Winning Candidates for the 2019 FSM National Election, visit here: https://pio.gov.fm/files/Declaration_of_Winning_Candidates_for_FSM_Congressional_Election.pdf

    For more information on FSM National Elections, please visit the FSM National Election Office website at http://fsmned.fm/or call +691-320-7805.

    Joint Damage Assessment Team Completes Summary Report

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    Joint Damage Assessment Team Completes Summary Report

    PALIKIR, Pohnpei—On April 8th, 2019 the Joint Damage Assessment (JDA) Report for Typhoon Wutip was provided to the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). The JDA team, comprised of officials from the FSM National Government and the FSM State Governments, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), conducted their assessment of Typhoon Wutip-related damage between March 18th and April 4th, 2019.

    Among other conclusions, the JDA team—which visited many, but not all, sites of Typhoon Wutip-related damage—verified that Typhoon Wutip destroyed 106 primary dwelling home and heavily damaged major agricultural crops and public infrastructure, resulting in pressing humanitarian needs in the FSM. Initial estimates from the report suggest that the cost for supplemental disaster assistance would exceed $2,000,000, of which both emergency needs and public infrastructure repairs would require at least $1,000,000 each.

    The JDA team, which recognizes that FSM has exhausted its capacity to respond to the immediate needs across the states of Pohnpei, Chuuk, and Yap, advises in their report’s Executive Summary that the JDA “provides the basis for a Presidential Disaster Declaration (PDD) recommendation.” The FSM National Government is presently preparing to request that U.S. President Donald J. Trump make a PDD on behalf of the FSM, which would allow the FSM to access additional funding to meet the needs of the FSM citizenry affected by Typhoon Wutip.

    The FSM National Government appreciates the support from the U.S. Government with respect to the assistance in assessing the damages caused by Typhoon Wutip. The joint damage assessment has enhanced the FSM’s ability to continue to respond to the needs of citizens affected by this national disaster.

    Vice President George Visited by Yap Upward Bound Students


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    Vice President George Visited by Yap Upward Bound Students

    PALIKIR, Pohnpei—On April 9th, 2019 the Honorable Yosiwo P. George, Vice President of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) was visited by public high school students enrolled in Yap State’s Upward Bound Program. The visit was one part of a larger tour of the FSM National Government, including visits with staff and officials at each of the three branches of government, as a component of a broader tour to Pohnpei State and Guam which includes visits to all foreign embassies hosted in the FSM, the College of Micronesia-FSM, the University of Guam, Guam Community College, and the FSM Consulate Office in Guam.

    Some important issues and updates discussed with the students included the Compact of Free Association (COFA) and the FSM in 2023 and beyond, the FSM’s diplomatic relations with other countries (which emphasizes maintaining goodwill and friendship with all nations), the Joint Committee on Review and Planning (JCRP), and the functions of the Office of the President.

    Funded by the U.S. Department of Education via 5-year competitive programmatic grants, Upward Bound Program is a part of the U.S. TRIO Programs designed to identify and provide educational services for individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline. Through the Amended Compact of Free Association (COFA) between the FSM and the United States, FSM-based State Departments of Education, College of Micronesia-FSM, and other community-based organizations with experience in serving disadvantaged youth and secondary schools may apply to operate Upward Bound Programs in the FSM. As of April 2019, there are Upward Bound Programs in Yap State and Pohnpei State.

     

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