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GEC: general election saw 67% turnout

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by Ken Quintanilla

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.

 - Results from all Decision 2012 General Election races

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