Guam- The Guam Election Commission reconvened its board meeting Wednesday night, but quickly went into Executive Session to discuss its on-going lawsuits. However, some issues were discussed before they closed the doors.
GEC board chair John Taitano swore-in member and former senator Martha Ruth to another two year term Attorney Caesar Cabot also says his interpretation of when memberships expire is based on 2 elements: appointment and oath. He reiterates that the start of a 2 year term would begin on the date of when an oath was taken. Executive Director John Blas also gave packets to the board, which included copies of new appointment letters for Martha Ruth and Joseph Mesa from Governor Felix Camacho.
The board also discussed the issue of double voting. Blas told members that 8 of 15 individuals voted in the Guam and CNMI General Elections. While they are still in the process of confirming more double votes, Board Member Martha Ruth said GEC should leave it to the U.S. Attorney’s Office to further investigate the allegations. “These are actions that are behind GEC” said Ruth. “We are not in a position to enforce any of that.” Member Josh Tenorio also chimed in saying, “ I agree, but we need to find out what our authorities are.”
The board also passed a motion for Director Blas to secure office space at the GCIC Building. If the lease is signed, GEC will not be moving out of its current location and will be situated on one floor. No lease signing has happened at this point because the General Services Agency must find out if GCIC meets the specifications of the bid placed. GEC has until December 31 before its current agreement with GCIC expires.