Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa is keeping a neutral stance on the GMO debate as a petition has surfaced seeking a moratorium on the cultivation of genetically-engineered organisms or GMOs in Maui County.
“I think first of all, the system has been set up so anybody who wants to put anything on the [ballot], the way to do this is to either get the Council to pass a resolution, or to go by petition. So any organization or group that wants to be able to put something there, this is the proper way to do it,” said Mayor Arakawa in the video.
The anti-GMO group, the SHAKA Movement filed a petition with the County Clerk to get the item placed on the November ballot, but an early count shows less than half of the 9,768 signatures submitted, or 4,720 of those signatures were deemed valid. The group is now tasked with obtaining 3,745 more valid signatures from registered voters within a 20-day timeline in order for the petition to move forward in the Charter-mandated process.
“I’m not going to argue one way or the other, because it’s going to be up to the different groups to be able to make their point publicly about it. As the administrator, we’ll administrate whatever rules are in place and we’ll see where it goes from there,” he said.
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