by Ken Quintanilla
Guam - The Guam Election Commission is still in need of precinct officials.
During its regular meeting Thursday, Executive Director Maria Pangelinan informed commissioners that June 18 marked the deadline for the political parties to each submit 145 nominees for precinct officials.
The Republican Party of Guam submitted 341 nominees. The Democratic Party of Guam meanwhile submitted only 43 nominees. Party Chairman Rory Respicio wrote to the GEC requesting for an extension to submit more nominees until June 25 which the GEC granted.
If the Democratic Party does not submit its complete list of nominees, the GEC will then put out an open call for anyone wanting to become a precinct official. Pangelinan however notes that more than a dozen have already submitted applications today outside of the respective parties nominees.
Potential applicants must meet the following qualifications:
- Must be a registered voter for the District in which the appointment is made
- Must be able to read and write English and demonstrate Math and English competencies
- Must not be holding or be a nominee for an elective office
- Must not be an immediate relative of an elected official or candidate (Immediate relative means mother, father, son, daughter, wife, husband and in-law)
- Must be able to follow directions
- Must be able to attend an instructional seminar
- Must be able to pass a standardized examination of the election laws
- Must not be a director or deputy director of the executive branch, administrative director or assistant administrative director of the legislative or judicial branch
The first precinct official training is July 14. Precinct officials will be compensated with 350 dollars per election. You can apply in person at the GEC located in the GCIC building 2nd Floor in Hagatna.
In other election news, the Guam Election Commission certified the results from last week’s Government of Guam Retirement Fund Board of Trustees election. Former University of Guam President Wilfred Leon Guerrero and Former Speaker Joe T. San Agustin were elected to the retiree member offices and DOA Deputy Director Tony Blaz and UOG Vice President of Administration and Finance David O’Brien were elected for the active member offices.
The GEC approved the budget for the Election Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Grant for 100-thousand dollars which will be used for thirty universal access voting booths, two vehicles to be leased to service homebound voter and to fund two election program coordinators.
Meanwhile as of June 19, the GEC has 47,174 registered voters and 6,760 native inhabitants registered for the decolonization registry.