Guam - The Guam Election
Commission says there was 67% voter turnout for Tuesday's general election for
Decision 2012. The low turnout was attributed to Super Tuesday not being a
holiday and many mayoral races being decided in big villages in September's primary.
GEC board of directors chairman Joe Mesa says there were some
minor concerns, but overall things went fairly smoothly. The board will meet on Thursday to certify
the results and discuss problems that arose during Super Tuesday, including
some glitches Mesa
wants to address before going into the 2014 election. He said such include,
"Our tabulators, and addressing our precinct officials. Some major
challenges with that we had a lot of last-minute cancellations, I think, because
it not being a holiday and that created a problem for us and the voters. Again,
we will sit down and critique and do what we call hot wash and go over whatever
problems we had."
Mesa says the board will
decide on Thursday if they feel any particular races need recounting, such as
the Asan-Maina mayoral race where the candidates were just 14 votes apart and
there were 179 write-in votes. The chairman
confirms he heard that there may be a mayoral challenge in Yona due to claims
that there was a surge of new voters, but nothing official has been filed yet.
Mesa said, "I've heard
something about that but I don't have the details but any mayoral candidate is
welcome to file something."
GEC executive director Maria Pangelinan says she heard about
concerns from the Yigo vice mayoral candidate, who says his name was misspelled
on the ballot. She also confirmed that the commission received two
administrative complaints about the Tamuning polling place, as signs were
reportedly too close to the polling place.
The signs were ordered to be removed.
The GEC board meanwhile will meet Thursday at 5:47 to further
review the complaints and certify the results.