President Panuelo Amends Executive Order Establishing the Public Education Task Force on the Proposed Constitutional Amendments Adopted by the 4th FSM Constitutional Convention

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President Panuelo Amends Executive Order Establishing the Public Education Task Force on the Proposed Constitutional Amendments Adopted by the 4th FSM Constitutional Convention

 

PALIKIR, Pohnpei—On March 23rd, 2023, His Excellency David W. Panuelo, President of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), announced the amendment of the Executive Order establishing the public education task force on the proposed constitutional amendments adopted by the 4th FSM Constitutional Convention.

 

The Executive Order, which was signed March 17th 2023, speaks to the recent courtesy resignations by the Chair and Vice Chair and amends the Executive Order so as to fill the vacant positions.

 

The Chair of the Public Education Task Force is His Majesty, Iso Nahnken of Nett Salvador Iriarte. There are additionally four Co-Chairs of the Task Force. Andrew Yatilman is the Co-Chair for the State of Yap; Marcus Samo is the Co-Chair for the State of Chuuk; Mason Albert is the Co-Chair for the State of Pohnpei; and Canney Palsis is the Co-Chair for the State of Kosrae.

 

Assistant Attorney General Robert Nakasone, Jr., will represent the Department of Justice. Assistant Secretary Erick Paul will represent the Department of Finance & Administration.

 

In addition to filling leadership positions, the Executive Order instructs that the conduct of public education activities shall include the proposed amendment through Public Law 22-172. There will be a total of nine (9) proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot this July, 2023, of which eight (8) are a result of the work of the 4th FSM Constitutional Convention directly and one is a result of the aforementioned public law.

 

The President has instructed the Division of Public Information to prepare nine (9) public service announcements, each targeting a different proposed constitutional amendment, to complement and amplify the in-person public education outreach activities being conducted by the Task Force. At the time of this release, all nine are presently with the Department of Justice for their clearance prior to dissemination.

 

The original Executive Order dated September 6th, 2022, may be found here: https://gov.fm/files/EXECUTIVE_ORDER_ConCon_Public_Education_Task_Force.pdf

 

The amended Executive Order may be found here: https://gov.fm/files/Presidential%20Orders/EXECUTIVE_ORDER_Amendment_ConCon_Public_Education_Task_Force_March_17_2023.pdf

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