GEC will meet to certify Quenga victory in Yona special election

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Bill Quenga garnered around 42 percent of the votes cast during Saturday's special election to fill the vacancy left by former Yona Mayor Jesse Blas who is currently facing federal extortion charges. (Photo from Bill Quenga's Facebook page)

The village of Yona has a new mayor-elect and he is Democrat Bill Quenga.

Quenga garnered around 42 percent of the votes cast during Saturday’s special election to fill the vacancy left by former Yona Mayor Jesse Blas who is currently facing federal extortion charges.

A total of 1534 ballots — around 52 percent of nearly 3,000 Yona voters — were cast in the special election.

Maria Pangelinan, the executive director of the Guam Election Commission, says that the agency will wait 10 days before finalizing the results.

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“The court requires us to wait 10 working days for ballots to come in. So that would be June 12th. So, ten working days from May 30th is June 12th. We’ll meet at 5:30 on June 12th to certify the election,” Pangelinan said.

On the day of the election, many family members and friends gathered by the street to campaign for their chosen candidate, including Vince Balajadia who expressed his support for Quenga.

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“He’s going to take care of the people and the manamkos, the kids … everything,” Balajadia said.

The Yona Mayor’s Office says that Quenga will officially assume his position as mayor on June 15.

In addition, Pangelinan says that candidate packets for the primary election can be filed Monday through Friday from 8 in the morning to 5 in the evening at their office in the GCIC Arcade in Hagatna.

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