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Gusukube Mayor elected

Date Posted: 1998-08-14

Katsu Nakama, 59, was declared the winner in Gusukube Town, Miyako Island, mayoral election held Sunday. He was declared the winner despite of some irregularities discovered during the counting of the ballots.

When the election committee opened the ballot boxes to count the votes, they discovered that there were six more votes in the boxes than people who had cast the ballot. The committee counted 3,192 votes for Nakama and 682 votes for his rival Sadao Okuhama. But because of the discrepancy, the committee was not able to announce the official result of the vote immediately.

However, the Chairman of the Election Administration Committee, Yoshinori Nema, finally declared Nakama the winner, Monday afternoon, noting that the difference in the tally was large enough that the discrepancy wouldn't affect the end result in any way.

"I think the Election Administration Commission should have declared the results earlier although they had to try to identify the cause of the discrepancy," the newly elected mayor said in an interview after the results were announced.

Okuhama also conceded his defeat. "I admit that I lost the election, but I want the commission clearly identify the cause of the problem in order to avoid such a thing in future elections," he said.

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