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Island's high court awaits election challenge

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - The election challenge will be heard in the Supreme Court this week, after justices granted the Gutierrez-Aguon team's emergency motion to speed up the process for a writ of mandamus. In an opening brief filed with the court today, Carl Gutierrez and Frank Aguon Jr.'s attorney, David Lujan, asked the court to cancel the certificates of election as they allege that all seven members of the Guam Election Commission's board of directors lack valid appointments. 

They included a declaration from Democratic Party of Guam executive director Vince Arriola, who confirmed that no resolutions were made when the party submitted their nominations to the GEC board.

Attorneys for the Guam Election Commission and real parties in interest, Governor-elect Eddie Calvo and Lieutenant Governor-elect Ray Tenorio filed answers to the writ arguing that the alleged technical defects do not affect the outcome of the election in which the people's will was expressed.

Oppositions are due tomorrow with justices to hear the case Thursday. Lujan also filed an application for California-based attorney Doron Weinberg to serve as co-counsel for Gutierrez-Aguon.

Oppositions are due tomorrow with justices to hear the case Thursday.

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