There was no official word Tuesday on whether Maui County Clerk Danny Mateo had determined the merit of formal objections to the mayoral candidacies of Neldon Mamuad and Nelson Waikiki Jr.
Last week, he said he was reviewing the objections filed in letters submitted to the clerk's office on June 10. On Tuesday, Mateo did not respond to telephone messages or an email inquiry about his review of the objections.
Maui County Council spokeswoman Kit Zulueta said she believed that Mateo would make an announcement today.
Richard Minatoya, an attorney in the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney, said Tuesday that he had received a "verbal indication" that his objection to Mamuad's candidacy had been sustained. But he said he had not received written confirmation.
Kahului resident Walter Enomoto said he stopped by the clerk's office Tuesday to provide additional information and ask about the status of his objection to Waikiki's candidacy.
"But (I) got no answer on the status of my objection letter," he said in an email.
Minatoya contends that Mamuad should not be allowed to be a candidate for mayor because he did not submit his financial disclosure statement at the same time as his nomination papers, which were filed on the deadline, June 3.
Instead, Mamuad submitted his financial disclosure statement June 5, two days after the candidate filing deadline, Minatoya said.
Enomoto disputes the legitimacy of Waikiki's candidacy, arguing that Waikiki's approximately nine months of pretrial incarceration at Maui Community Correctional Center should not count toward the candidate's required one-year residency.
Waikiki has acknowledged being behind bars, but he maintained that because he received mail while at MCCC that should not affect his residency requirement as a candidate for mayor.
Waikiki, 49, remains under supervised release, awaiting sentencing Dec. 10 on four felony charges of securities fraud. He had been in pretrial custody at MCCC, unable to post a cash-only bail of $100,000.
Last week, Mateo said that while he was consulting with attorneys from the Department of the Corporation Counsel, it will ultimately be his decision whether the complaints have merit.
If Mateo finds that one or both of the objections have merit, then he would need to file a complaint in 2nd Circuit Court and seek a judicial determination of whether either candidate should be disqualified from the Aug. 9 primary election.