Heine safe, three incumbents face losing seat in Marshalls election

Hilda Heine, President of the Marshall Islands. Picture: RNZ

MAJURO, 21 NOVEMBER 2019 (RNZ PACIFIC) – At least three senators in the Marshall Islands are on the brink of losing their seats as vote counting continues.

On Majuro, David Kramer and Sherwood Tibon are behind in the count while seven-term Kwajelein senator Alvin Jacklick could also lose his seat.

All three senators supported caretaker president Hilda Heine’s government.

Heine is ahead in the count for her constituency but could face an uphill battle if she decides to run for a second term as president.

Radio New Zealand Pacific correspondent in Majuro, Giff Johnson, said unofficial results for all constituencies should be announced by the weekend.

“And then there is a two-week period in which candidates can appeal call for a recount file court challenges,” he said.

“Whatever they want to do and at the end of the 14 days that is when the chief electoral officer has the authority to declare the election final and declare a final result.”

Johnson said after official results are announced, there will be about a month of horsetrading before a president is elected during the first sitting of parliament in January.

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