6 Nov 2008

Toribiong leads count in Palau presidential race

4:17 pm on 6 November 2008

Palau presidential contender Johnson Toribiong and running mate Kerai Mariur are holding a slim lead, with about 1,000 non-resident ballots to be counted.

Palau voted this week, for a president, at the same as the three US Pacific territories Guam, American Samoa, and the CNMI.

Mr Toribiong is holding a 264-vote lead with about 1,000 non-resident ballots left to be counted, over Elias Camsek Chin, Palau's current vice president, and his running mate, Senator Alan Seid.

A member of the Toribiong campaign team Ephraim Ngirachitei says they are now playing a waiting game.

"We are pretty much hopeful now, compared to last time, last time, we were trailing, during the primary, but at this time, we are very hopeful, because we're ahead, by a little. It's a comfortable lead, and we're hoping it's going to stay that way."

Ephraim Ngirachitei