KELLY LORENNIJ An unusual development occurred with the swearing in of a small group of fresh police recruits earlier this month: 75 percent of the new Marshall Islands Police Department officers were women. The group of four included three female recruits — Marcela Benjamin, Pamela Rubon and Hezline Taie — and one male, Kraben Hampton […]
A hearing scheduled for this week in the High Court for two lawsuits seeking to restore voting by postal ballots for off-island Marshallese was cancelled as the judge sent the dispute to the RMI Supreme Court. The two lawsuits had been scheduled for their first hearing in the High Court August 27. Although the plaintiffs […]
HILARY HOSIA Marshall Islands National Police burned a large stock of betel nut Tuesday confiscated from stores around Majuro following a series of raids of local businesses initiated three weeks ago. Law enforcement authorities said the contraband was collected from businesses stretching from Laura to the end of the island in Rita. The national law […]
Former Marshall Islands Chief Electoral Officer Robson Almen was correct in rejecting former Majuro Mayor Mudge Samuel’s request for a recount during the 2015 election, said High Court Chief Justice Carl Ingram in an opinion issued at the end of August.
HILARY HOSIA Six senators are backing a move to resurrect postal ballots through Nitijela Bill 91, which was scrutinized during a public hearing broadcast live on national radio V7AB Tuesday from the Nitijela Conference Room. Last year, Nitijela voted to eliminate postal ballots. The termination of postal ballots has caused a ruckus among Marshallese living […]
Former Majuro Mayor Mudge Samuel continues to push his appeal of the Chief Electoral Officer’s decision denying his request for recounts and a special election. In an amended notice of appeal filed last month, Samuel raises a series of questions regarding the 2015 national election that he wants the High Court to address. The suit […]
Former Mayor Mudge Samuel filed two civil lawsuits in the High Court in mid-December attempting to halt certification of the official election results and to get a recount of Majuro votes. Both of Samuel’s motions for a temporary restraining order against Chief Electoral Officer Robson Almen were denied by High Court Chief Justice Carl Ingram […]
Election officials worked from mid-morning Tuesday until 5:30am Wednesday December 2 to check and sort all incoming postal absentee ballots that arrived by Monday, the 14-day deadline day for postals. This overnight work pushed the tabulation for postal ballots to Wednesday evening, with Chief Electoral Officer Robson Almen announcing the start of postal tabulating from […]