Guam - Last week was the deadline for vendors to submit bids for new tabulation equipment. During its regular meeting Thursday, GEC executive director Maria Pangelinan says three bids were submitted and an evaluation committee is currently going through the proposals. The evaluation committee is led by member John Taitano and vice chairperson Alice Taijeron. No recommendation was made for the bids but the committee indicated a presentation should be ready by next week. Should no contract be awarded by May 1, the GEC has put together a contingency plan to start contracting its current vendor Election Systems & Software to repair the GEC's 20-year-old machines - two of four of which only work. It was late last year when ES&S recommended the GEC discontinue using those machines.

Today meanwhile marked the deadline for candidates to file to run for the Government of Guam Retirement Fund board of directors. A total of four seats are up for election - two for retiree members and two for active member seats.

Seven individuals filed to run for the retirement board of trustees. Wilfred Leon Guerrero, George Santos and Joe T. San Agustin filed to run for the retiree member seat with James Duenas, Tony Blaz, David O'brien and Albert Santos for active member seats.  The GEC anticipates expenses to cost around $5,000 funded by the retirement board. The election is set for June 14 at the GGRF offices in Maite.

As for the position statements submitted by the Guam Legislature earlier this week regarding the medicinal marijuana measure, it was not discussed during the meeting but chairman Joe Mesa indicated they were accepted but with reservations.

The GEC will reconvene March 27 to further address the tabulation equipment and to certify the candidates for the retirement election.