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GEC totaling cost of special election

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - The Guam Election Commission continues to calculate how much it spent during the special election. Executive Director John Blas says so far his office has totaled up an estimate of about $106,000 spent. As the GEC continues to add up the numbers, Blas says he doesn't expect that number to exceed $150,000.

He says they will have to request for the funds back from the Legislature, as the money spent was originally earmarked for the Decision 2010 Primary Election.  "I'm going to take that cost and have a correspondence to the speaker requesting that the Guam Election Commission be provided a supplemental, because in conducting the special election we did not receive a special appropriation," Blas said.

In the meantime, Blas says he is reviewing the $60,000 bill for the electronic tabulators. Blas says he anticipates reconciling the issue with the vendor in a month.

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