by Nick Delgado
Guam - Senator Adolpho Palacios is drafting legislation that would require the Guam Election Commission to conduct a more extensive background search on all who apply for an elected office position. Palacios says the language in the measure would ensure that any elected official become uncertified immediately if they are later found to have falsified their application documents.
Palacios adds that it would allow the GEC access to the national crime information center to assist with those checks. "I know that the National Crime Information Center is instantaneous, it just comes right out. I want to be able to include that access, now that the technology is working to the advantage of the people of Guam. So we'll use that," he said.
Palacios' efforts comes on the heels of Senator Matt Rector admitting that he forgot to disclose his 1983 burglary conviction when he signed an affidavit with the GEC to run for office.