12 Dec 2003

Election tie in Marshall Islands could be settled by drawing straws

11:22 am on 12 December 2003

The counting of votes in the Marshall Islands general election has now been completed, and after three and a half weeks of checking and counting ballots the vote on the atoll of Ailinglaplap has produced a draw.

Incumbent Senator, Christopher Loeak, and his challenger, Katzuo Katjang are deadlocked at 544 votes apiece.

Under Marshall Islands electoral law a tied vote is settled by the candidates drawing straws to decide who will hold the seat