by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Tuesday is the big day: at 5pm the Guam Election Commission will no longer accept filings from potential candidates who intend to run for some office in the upcoming elections.
GEC Executive Director John Blas says his staff is prepared for last minute filers, encouraging candidates to visit the agency's offices in Hagatna at the GCIC Building early tomorrow.
The staff will then ensure the proper documentation was submitted and then verify signatures on the candidates' petitions before informing the board. "These are the individual candidates that have met the initial eligibility requirements and they have also met the signature requirements and we would request that the board would review and certify the candidates for the upcoming primary," he explained.
The Commission meanwhile is still waiting to hear back from its vendor, Electronic Systems & Software, on whether they will service tabulating machines for the primary and general elections. The GEC recently sent a letter of commitment promising to pay a $141,000 debt in October at the start of the new fiscal year. Blas says he's waiting on a response from ES&S. If they approve, the Commission will not have to resort to manual tabulating of ballots during the upcoming elections.