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GEC meeting covers budget shortfall, write-ins and candidate conflicts

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The Guam Election Commission went over several issues during Thursday night's meeting including concerns over a potential write-in campaign and one gubernatorial team calling out the other over a possible conflict.

Another critical issue covered was GEC's financial struggles, leaving commissioners questioning whether they’ll have enough funds to operate after Election Day.

The GEC is running on a tight budget with expenses still owed from the primary election held back in August.

GEC Executive Director Maria Pangelinan discussed the problem with commissioners at Thursday's meeting where they questioned what would happen if the money does fall short.

“Does the Guam Election have enough money for the general election,” Pangelinan asked. “It depends on what comes before us between now and Nov. 6.

Before the commission is a write-in campaign and whether or not the candidates would need to be recognized as such by the GEC.

KUAM has since confirmed the  Aguon/Limtiaco team will officially announce their write-in candidacy Saturday night at a rally in Anigua.

“One of the things that is a concern is - are the candidates asking? Because in the past it was always the candidates that ask and in this case its not,” Pangelinan said.

Then, there's the letter Attorney Tom Fisher, delivered to the commission, on behalf of the Tenorio/Ada campaign. The letter noting potential conflicts with democrat candidate Lou Leon Guerrero and her dealings with the Bank of Guam.

"There's just no way she can serve as the governor of Guam and maintain those interest,” Fisher said.

The GEC did not entertain the letter at last night's meeting.

But, the Lou and Josh camp did respond stating in part, "Lou Leon Guerrero has always followed the tough rules and regulations in her career as a nurse, a Senator, and in her term with the Bank of Guam."

“If she is sincere in saying she is going to follow the law then if she gets elected, I assume she will divest herself and her family members of all interest of the Bank of Guam or she will remove GovGuam deposits in her bank, and currently that amounts to about 40 percent of the profit,” Fisher added.

Both issues are under the GEC's legal review and could be discussed at their next meeting.

For now, the GEC is keeping a close watch on its spending to ensure they can operate during election and beyond.

The GEC recessed their meeting until Oct.16.

 

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