Commission preps for ballot drawing

Roland Blas files for his senatorial candidacy at the Guam Election Commission on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

GEC Director: ‘lots and lots and lots of work’ ahead

Guam – Less than 60 days remain till Guam’s primary election on Saturday, August 25th, and Guam Election Commission Executive Director Maria Pangelinan says the commission has its work cut out for it.

“Lots and lots and lots of work,” she said. “And I’m very, very, very humbled by the staff—the young, energetic staff of the Guam Election Commission and the supportive leadership of the board, the seven members—I’m very proud to say—is very, very cohesive, and so we have a lot of work ahead of us for the people of Guam.”

That cohesiveness might serve the board, the staff, the candidates, and the public well in the two months winding toward the first of two elections this campaign season: the primary, followed by the November 6th general.

Pangelinan reminds the public that the balloting process requires the careful vetting and qualification of candidates, as well as open communication with them, so political contenders are informed every step of the way.

“And then the next thing is the ratification of candidates,” Pangelinan said. “We will have the ballot placement drawing. Candidates who have met all the requirements will be contacted by GEC via email and/or telephone. We will inform them of the ballot placement drawing. Right now it’s tentatively set for July 2nd. And they can send a representative, or they, themselves, the candidates, may come and pull the numbers, as far as what place they will hold on the primary election ballot.

“If we end up having only one candidate for the special election for public auditor, then there will be no ballot placement drawing for that special election.” That’s what Pangelinan said around lunchtime Tuesday. But by close of business, two contenders had filed their candidacies for the special election for auditor, which will happen during the August 25th primary. The two candidates are Dr. Doreen T. Crisostomo and Sen. BJ Cruz.