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New mayor's swearing-in ceremony delayed due to Furlough Friday

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 5:22 p.m. HST, Oct 1, 2010

The swearing-in for Mayor-elect Peter Carlisle will have to wait another weekThe swearing-in for Mayor-elect Peter Carlisle will have to wait another weekend.

Carlisle was expected to be sworn-in as the new Honolulu mayor next Friday, but because that day is a furlough day for the city clerk and the state courts, the ceremony has been pushed back to Monday, Oct. 11.

"It has just come to our attention that a Supreme Court order issued by former Chief Justice (Ronald) Moon has resulted in a change to the 20-day challenge period after the election for the newly elected mayor and prosecutor," City Clerk Bernice Mau wrote in an e-mail to Council members. 

The order by Moon, dated Oct. 23, 2009, indicates that state court furlough days be treated as a weekend day.

Because the state court would be on furlough next Friday, the last day for any potential challenge to be filed, Oct. 11 now becomes the last day for any such challenge.

Carlisle won the Sept. 18 special election for mayor with 39 percent of the vote. Acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell was second with 35 percent.

By law, the swearing-in cannot take place until 20 days after the election, to allow for any challenges to be filed.

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