GEC adjusts to cancellation of primary election

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GEC executive director Maria Pangelinan (PNC file photo)

Saturday’s primary election is now canceled but the head of the Guam Election Commission says this has also brought challenges to the voting process.

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero signed Bill 391 into law Friday morning, officially canceling the 2020 primary election after senators voted on Thursday in favor of the bill, taking into consideration the rising COVID cases on the island.

In an interview with K57’s Patti Arroyo, GEC Executive Director Maria Pangelinan provided some insights on what the cancellation of the primary election means for the voting public and the election staff.

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“All the candidates will go on into the general election. Also, I want the people to know that on the ballot, it will also include candidates for CCU — Consolidated Commission on Utilities and the Guam Education Board …. Their deadline to submit candidate filing is Sept. 4 in the general election ballot,” Pangelinan said.

For the Guam Election Commission, they are also expected to take note of the 45-day countdown till the start of the in-office absentee ballot. Pangelinan says the 45 days fall on Sept. 19.

Also, with Guam in the middle of a pandemic, the GEC is also expected to come up with a blueprint on election safety, present it to the election board, and upon approval, submit it to the legislature.

The general election is still set for November 3.

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Louella Losinio
Louella Losinio is PNC's News Director for TV and Digital Media. She was a former reporter for the Marianas Variety (Guam Edition) and the Guam Daily Post, former editor-in-chief and co-founder of the Pacific Island Times, As a freelance writer, she has contributed content to various regional and local publications such as the Marianas Business Journal, Guam Business Magazine, The Guamanian, and Island Times. Aside from her decade-long experience in the media and print industry, Louella has experience in technical writing, education, and nonprofit management.