Chuuk State Postpones its Plebiscite
on Political Status
Press Release #1502-03
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
February 25, 2015
(Office of the President) -
On January 27, 2015, President Mori issued an Executive Order that organized
and established an FSM Task Force on National Unity whose purpose is to
assist and educate Chuukese voters on the question of whether Chuuk State
should or should not secede from the Federation.
The question was to be placed on the ballot
during the National Election on March 3, 2015.
On February 23, 2015, Governor of
the State of Chuuk, The Honorable Johnson Elimo issued an Executive Order
severing the Chuuk State Political Status Plebiscite from the National
Election effort scheduled to be held on March 3, citing shortcomings by the
Chuuk State Election Commission on their ability to conduct the plebiscite
In light of the above Executive Order by the Governor
of Chuuk, President Mori has temporarily suspended further efforts and
activities of the FSM Task Force on National Unity as authorized by the
Presidential Executive Order dated January 27, 2015.
President Mori further stated: “I
will be proposing, and calling for a leadership meeting between Chuuk State
Government, FSM National Government and representatives from the United
States Government to address the underlying issues raised by Chuuk State
during the initiated movement to secede.
In the meantime, I congratulate and
applaud the Governor of Chuuk State and the entire leadership of Chuuk State
Government for postponing this plebiscite.
I also wish to thank the Task Force and everyone
in Chuuk and abroad, for their diligent and tireless efforts to assist in
our educational campaign on National Unity.”