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GEC discontinues provisional ballots

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - The Guam Election Commission met last night to further discuss several ongoing issues leading to the Primary Election. According to GEC executive director Maria Pangelinan, the Commission agreed to do away with provisional ballots.

"So the system is such that if a voter comes to the precinct and his or her name is not on the roster, the precinct official will immediately call election center and we will verify that voter's status," she explained.

She adds although its $74,000 debt to Election Systems & Software has been paid, it still has an outstanding balance of $200,000 owed to its legal counsel which dates back to 2006. The GEC meanwhile has sent the Guam Japan Friendship Village a letter notifying them that its for-profit bingo initiative petition is still being verified with over 2,800 signatures considered validated as of yesterday.

And while some concern was raised whether GEC staff in fact had enough expertise to verify all the signatures, she says legal counsel is looking into the issue.

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