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GEC certifying results from primary election

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 by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - The Guam Election Commission is hoping to close the books on last month's primary election and begin preparation for the November general election.

The GEC Tuesday counted the last set of votes from last month's primary election. "Yesterday was the last day to receive ballots we can count," noted Maria Pangelinan, the agency's executive director. "So we also looked at the provisional ballots and reported how many we were able to count." The new election reform law requires the GEC to wait 10 days after the primary election to receive absentee and provisional ballots. Pangelinan says only 24 out of the 83 provisional ballots cast on Election Day were actually counted after verifying all the qualified voters. The GEC meanwhile received 67 absentee ballots that were mailed in from off-island.

"This is the first time the Guam Election Commission has been afforded to do this and that's because of the election reform law and it's good because even as late as yesterday we had received some off-island ballots and because of the distance and isolation of Guam it makes a lot of sense," she said.

Pangelinan says the results from these recently tabulated ballots will not affect the standing of any of the unofficial results. She further notes none of these absentee or provisional ballots were one-sided. As we reported 79 misprints were found in the over 55,000 printed ballots. And just as the GEC was tabulating the last set of results on Tuesday, they were also putting together the final tally of the election campaign contributions and expenditures report by all the candidates running in the primary election. "One of our more important stakeholders are our candidates and so if we have good candidates we invite lots of voters, so they're out there working hard  and it was refreshing to see them come in to file on at timely basis," she said.

The preliminary report was due 10 days before the primary election. On the gubernatorial race, the Republican incumbents Governor Eddie Calvo and Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio received the most contributions of over $1.2 million. The Democrat duo of Carl Gutierrez and Gary Gumataotao on the other hand received about $83,000 in contributions. In the race for the Legislature, incumbent senator Dennis Rodriguez Jr. received the most contributions of any Democrat with over $95,000 with newcomer Glenn Leon Guerrero receiving the highest of any Republican candidate with $67,000. The next report is due on October 24.  

Along with certifying the results, the GEC will also certify the candidates for the Consolidated Commission on Utilities and the Guam Education Board. A ballot drawing is also taking place tonight. 

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