Governor postpones Yona special election until April 18

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Guam Election Commission Executive Director Maria Pangelinan says that the commission met last week and drafted a resolution to postpone the election considering that public gatherings are currently restricted.

Due to concerns about COVID-19, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero has postponed the special election for Yona mayor until April 18.

The special election was scheduled to fill the seat after the resignation of former Yona Mayor Jesse Blas, who is currently facing federal criminal charges.

Guam Election Commission Executive Director Maria Pangelinan says that the commission met last week and drafted a resolution to postpone the election considering that public gatherings are currently restricted.

Earlier today, the governor issued a proclamation approving the postponement.

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“The board wanted some information on what the Commission can do regarding COVID-19. We tried to get a medical professional there, but of course, they were really busy…so they decided to put together the resolution. Initially, it was down the party line. But in the end, it was unanimous that the Yona special election be postponed until April 18th,” Pangelinan said.

Once GEC is cleared to operate, district registration and precinct official training will be rescheduled. The Yona Mayor candidates will also have to submit another preliminary report which will be due on April 8th.

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