GEC may review San Nicolas campaign reports

Guam Election Commission (PNC file photo)

The Guam Election Commission may review the campaign finance reports of Congressman Michael San Nicolas in the wake of allegations made by his former chief of staff.

GEC executive director Maria Pangelinan, in an interview with Patti Arroyo on NewsTalk K57, said that when issues are brought to GEC’s attention, including those discussed in the media, the commission usually reviews the reports submitted by the candidate in question.

“When things are brought to our attention, including the media, we take a look at campaign reports again,” Pangelinan said.

She added that the San Nicolas issue may be taken up when the GEC board meets on Sept. 19.

Pangelinan said some of the congressman’s campaign reports have been filed but some have not, including a July report that the Federal Election Commission cited.

San Nicolas had stated that he filed the report with the FEC and was late by only one day.

But Pangelinan said whatever is filed in the Federal Election Commission must also be filed with Guam Election Commission.

She added that if there is any conflicting rule, the Federal Election Commission trumps the Guam Election Commission and FEC can overrule the GEC.