Guam - The Guam Election Commission sends out a friendly reminder to public officials that financial disclosure statements are due by next month. Executive director Maria Pangelinan says Guam law requires that elected leaders, directors and board members shall file a report for the proceeding calendar year.

Financial disclosure statements outline assets and liabilities of public officials to provide better transparency. "Reminder notices have been sent out to all public officials and that the financial disclosure statements and/or conflict of interest statements are all due by April 22 this year and it just so happens that April 22 is the date written in the code that says that financial disclosure are due on that day it just so happens that it's also the 130th day before the primary election so that's the first day for filing of candidates," she explained.

Officials can also file a 180-day extension if they cannot meet the April 22 deadline.