Martin Han is officially challenging Joey Manahan’s primary win in the race for the District 7 seat on the Honolulu City Council.
Han claims Manahan participated in fraudulent tactics similar to those alleged against current Honolulu Council Member Romy Cachola, who has been accused of voter intimidation leading up to his Aug. 11 primary win for the State House of Representatives.
In fact, in a press release Han alleged Cachola was helping Manahan win his old seat on the council by using similar tactics to increase the number of absentee votes the two candidates would receive. Cachola could no longer serve in the District 7 council seat due to term limits.
Han said District 7 has a high number of Filipino residents, and that a “visit from a political official can be very daunting.” Han, like Cachola and Manahan, is Filipino.
“Based on what we know from our community members and the number of absentee votes from one particular District, we believe we have community members that were afraid, and told how to vote,” Han said in his press release. “This is not about me. It is about the community. It is the responsibility of the Elections Office to ensure a fair democratic process.”
Han also said Manahan violated campaign laws by leaving his banners up outside and inside polling locations.
Manahan won the council seat during the primary by claiming 51 percent of the vote in a three-way race that included Han and Lillian Hong.
Han will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. to reveal more details about his claims.
This is not the first time the two have butted heads in the election. Prior to the primary, Han admonished admonished Manahan for spending more than $30,000 in campaign contributions on food and drinks.