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GEC discusses nearly two dozen complaints

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - It was exactly one week ago when the Guam Election Commission was packed with voters along with some of the candidates themselves to voice their concerns and discuss complaints regarding the November 6 General Election.

During Thursday's meeting, legal counsel Jeff Cook noted there were 23 complaints filed in total with the GEC— 17 of which were discussed at last week's meeting. At least 10 of those complaints were relative to the issue of alleged improper voting by individuals in Yona where many residents claimed "suspicious activity".

One complaint filed by Jesse Blas actually listed 8 individuals who were witnessed to be voting in Yona and claimed not to be residents in the village. Cook says after spending the week researching and responding to the complaints, found that all in fact were registered voters in Yona, had been for a long period of time, with only half of them who actually voted last week. Based on his findings it doesn't appear that there's any evidence to suggest otherwise and his recommendation is that there's no sufficient facts to send to prosecutors.

Meanwhile, three complaints were filed regarding the residency of Yona Mayor-elect Ken Joe Ada along with four other complaints filed regarding the residency of Asan/Maina Mayor-elect Joanna Margaret Blas. Cook says based on his reading in the law, with those particular complaints they would have to file a challenge in court because it was after the election.

Other complaints ranged from long lines at the polls, precinct officials and campaign sign placements. Cook and GEC Executive Director Maria Pangelinan will respond to most of the complaints individually. 

And while it was originally set to meet next week Monday to certify the results, certification instead will take place on Wednesday, November 21 at 5:26pm due to an error in providing proper notice to the public.

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