23 Sep 2008

Palauan primary election underway

3:20 pm on 23 September 2008

Palauans are heading to the polls today in a primary election that will narrow the presidential candidates from four to two.

Pacific Magazine reports that the two candidates who get the most votes will then face off in the November 4 general election.

This is also the first time that presidential candidates are running with a declared vice presidential contender.

In the past, the two races were decided separately, and the winners served as a national leadership team.

In the November 4 general election, 43 candidates will stand for the 13-member Senate and 44 candidates for the 16-member House of Delegates.

Outgoing President Tommy Remengesau set a precedent in declaring his candidacy for a Senate seat, along with more than 13 members of his Cabinet and administration.