Incumbent President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. and Sen. Surangel Whipps Jr. will fight it out for the presidency on Nov. 1 after the absentee ballots were counted on Tuesday.
On Sept. 29, Whipps in his official Facebook page stated that the campaign in the remaining weeks to the Nov. 1 race will be in higher gear.
The tabulation for votes for all of Palau was completed yesterday afternoon. What are left are the absentee ballots that will be counted next Tuesday. Valerie and I thank you for believing in our vision – “A Kot a Rechader Belau”. We are encouraged by the results that affirm the majority of the voters want change. We’ve already put our workers in higher gear because you and your families deserve better than the status quo. We humbly ask you now to please keep our massage strong among your families and friends as we enter the last few weeks of the race.”
Remengesau in an interview says he expects the campaign to heat up but is “humbled by the continuing show of support and trust.”
After the absentee ballots were counted, Remengesau widened his lead against Whipps Jr. The President admits that this is a “hard election” for him personally because his challenger is his brother-in-law.
“This is an unusual election not only for me but for the history of presidential elections in Palau. I really wish it wasn’t the case.” He said that before you give to the public office, you ask for the support of your family, friends, relatives and in-law.”
Remengesau said that although family ties in politics is not unusual, he reveled that running against Whipps is affecting family relationships.
“Public service is always a family matter,” Remengesau said. Whipps for his part has said in earlier statements regarding his relationship to Remengesau, “This position is not a family seat, but belongs to the public.”
Pierantozzi meanwhile said that the “people have already spoken” in regards to the primary election results.
When asked about whom she will support in the presidential race, she says she is “weighing her options.”
Bells declined to comment on the matter.