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Three big issues arise at GEC meeting

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Concerns over a potential write-in campaign and one gubernatorial team calling out the other over a possible conflict - the GEC went over several issues during Thursday night's meeting. But one issue in particular is the GEC's financial struggles. Commissioners questioning if they'll have enough to continue operating after Election Day.

A very tight budget. The Guam Election Commission still has expenses owed from the primary election held back in August. GEC executive director Maria Pangelinan discussed the problem with commissioners at Thursday's meeting. The talk had some asking what would happen next if the money does fall short, as she said, "Does the Guam Election have enough money for the general election? It depends on what comes before us between now and November 6."

Before them 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 Frank Aguon Jr./Alicia 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, it's not," Pangelinan stated.

Then, there's the letter Attorney Tom Fisher delivered to the commission on behalf of the Ray Tenorio/Tony Ada campaign. The letter noting potential conflicts with democrat candidate Lou Leon Guerrero and her dealings with the Bank of Guam, as he described, "There's just no way she can serve as the governor of Guam and maintain those interest."

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." Fisher said, "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."

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 next Tuesday, October 16, at 5:30pm.

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