Puna residents angered over Friday election

Puna residents angered over Friday election

PAHOA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - "People here are outraged, everyone I speak to gets more and more upset about the potential for an election" Democratic Party District Four Chair Philip Matlage summed it up perfectly.

Puna residents don't want a special election Friday.

"They gotta come up with a better way to do this" said Bobby Jax, who dropped off several bags of free ice at the Pahoa Family and Community Center.

"Most areas have no access to land telephone lines, internet, TV. You're lucky to get a newspaper if newspapers get through" Matlage continued.

The situation remains dire in Puna. As of Tuesday, well over 6,000 residents still didn't have power.

"It seems like they don't even care. They're living it up right now" said a frustrated resident.

Those in the district think the Office of Elections has its priorities in the wrong place.

"....work on the crisis first, please. I don't know, something to help. I'm not the only one suffering. It's just sad" said Barbara Mora.

The election is scheduled to be held at Keonepoko Elementary School on Friday, from 7:00am to 6:00pm.

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