Election Commission to meet on Bill 45

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The Guam Election Commission will be holding a meeting next month to discuss Bill 45, introduced by Sen. Joe San Agustin.

Guam – Bill 45-34, also called the Election Reform Act, was introduced last week by Senator Joe San Agustin, and is looking to eliminate the primary elections, which would save about $400,000. 

Guam Election Commission Executive Director Maria Pangelinan told PNC, “What the Guam Election Commission is doing is looking at where operations here at GEC may change if the law is passed. To Sen. San Agustin’s credit, he came to visit us some time before he introduced the bill to get some technical information. As we take a look at the bill, it will be discussed in our meeting on April 20.”

Also on GEC’s agenda is the decolonization registry. After Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood ruled Guam’s plebiscite law as unconstitutional, the Election Commission consulted with their legal counsel and immediately began efforts to stop registration. “The advice we received was that no activities should be going on with respect to spending money on the decolonization registry,” said Pangelinan. “Where it goes from there is depending on what new laws are passed or what the court’s rule. But right now, the Election Commission has ceased registration for native inhabitants.”

Again, the Guam Election Commission will be discussing the Sen. San Agustin’s Election Reform Act on April 20, and will start Volunteer Voting Registrar training on April 21.