Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

Nena Vetoed Congressional Act 10-44 RE:CB 10-83 C.D.3

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Service): October 7, 1997 - FSM President Jacob Nena, on October 1, 1997, informed Congress Speaker Jack Fritz that he regretfully vetoed Congressional Act 10-44, regarding Congressional Bill No. 10-83, C.D.3, which was passed by Congress in its First Special Session in Chuuk.

The reference Act was intended to establish a full-time election director office in the National Government. "My objection is based on my re-assessment of the need for this legislation at this time," Nena stated.

"During the course of this critical economic reform process that our nation is currently undertaking, the establishment of a full-time election director and commissioners is not financially justifiable. I have carefully considered the operational expenses in light of the work volume, together with the seasonal nature of the work demands and have concluded that this bill would conflict with our national goal of reducing the cost of government," Nena stated.

The President stated that his veto should not be interpreted to mean that he is not cognizant of the many election reforms that are needed to be implemented. "As a nation we should continue these efforts and enact such legislation at a more appropriate time," Nena concluded.

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