GEC assures election workers will be paid

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the Guam Election Commission assures that their workers will be compensated for their services (Photo by Louella Losinio)

With reports that precinct officials have not been paid from the last election, the Guam Election Commission assures that their workers will be compensated for their services and that they are still within the payment turnaround period.

GEC’s precinct officials are paid at a fixed cost and most of the trainees worked on the November 3rd election. Additionally, they’re continuing training this week. However, they have not received any payment for their services.

According to GEC Executive Director Maria Pangelinan, since most of the officials are returning to assist in the Nov. 17 run-off election, GEC has set out a more manageable method of compensation.

“We are working diligently to ensure that the election operation is efficient and effective and because the two elections are within two weeks of each other, it just saves a lot of time and effort to process payments at one time. Now, standard payment is 30 days, 30 days turnaround, so we’re going to work on it diligently and we will process with the Department of Administration and the Guam Election Commission and process the payments within two weeks,” Pangelinan said.

Additionally, Pangelinan stated that GEC will contact precinct officials as soon as the payments have been processed.

GEC is planning on hiring more election officials to assist with curbside voting before the runoff election.

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