Guam - Following last
week's general election and several of the discrepancies found, Majority Leader
Rory Respicio is calling for an override of the vetoed Bill 413. In a release, Respicio
says reconsidering the vetoed election reform bill would start a process of
continuous quality improvement by calling for an examination of past election
performances and problems.
He further stated had an audit of the 2010 election been
conducted, he believes many of the problems in the 2012 election would not have
occurred. Governor Eddie Calvo's deputy press secretary, Phil Leon Guerrero, says
the governor is all for election reform but reiterates several of the concerns
raised in the governor's veto letter back in April, saying Bill 413 has
meddlesome language and instead proposes the Legislature act on the governor's Election
Reform Bill (Bill 449), which has already had a public hearing.
He said, "Certainly Governor Calvo's bill that he introduced
would provide meaningful reform to make sure elections are held in a manner
that's fair to all parties involved. We saw over the over the weekend that GEC
and its staff and volunteers have worked very hard to make sure that the
election was done fairly and properly."
Leon Guerrero adds Bill 449 contains several of the measures of
the vetoed bill but takes out a provision that would count votes received after
the 2010 election which the governor had called "a poison pill". He
says the Administration wants to work with the current and incoming Legislature
to identify ways to address its funding shortfalls to resolve some old
infrastructure and outdated technology issues.
Respicio meanwhile stated that Bill 413 also calls for upgrading
the existing 30-year-old equipment being used to count ballots, requires a
minimum certification and warranty from the manufacturer and service company
before elections can be held and requires proper training of local elections.