GEC investigating two precinct officials

According to GEC director Maria Pangelinan, two precinct officials are currently being investigated. (PNC file photo)

The Guam Election Commission may have uncovered cases of fraud involving two precinct officials.

According to GEC director Maria Pangelinan, both individuals are currently being investigated.

Two of the five precinct officials in Hagatna were not residents of the village.

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The requirements to be a precinct official include being both a resident and a registered voter of that precinct.

The two individuals, however, were employees of the Hagatna Mayor’s Office.

The Agana Mayor also signed off on their certification of residence in the village.

The discrepancies came out in an administrative complaint after the election.

Administrative complaints usually must be resolved prior to certification.

However, Pangelinan told Newstalk K57’s Patti Arroyo that discrepancies are often not uncovered unless they’re challenged.

“With regard to how come GEC did not know that..those issues come out when the voters are challenged. In this case, when the precinct officials were challenged. We cannot question Patti Arroyo..when she’s registering…’Are you sure that’s true?’ No, we just let Patti Arroyo at least know that you are signing under penalty of perjury,” Pangelinan said.

She added that GEC will reach out to the Hagatna Mayor today.

The two former precinct officials were stricken from the voter registry and their names have been submitted to the Attorney General.