Governor supports cancellation of primary election

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero delivers a special video address, announcing a further tightening of COVID-19 measures.

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero supports the cancelation of the primary election as recommended by the Guam Election Commission.

In a letter to Speaker Tina Muna Barnes, the governor asked the legislature to hold session as soon as possible to discuss the matter.

“Yesterday, we received a letter from the Commission in which it articulated its concerns about holding a primary election while in our current crisis. The Commission believes that cancelation of the primary election at this time is appropriate. I want you to know that I agree,” Leon Guerrero said.

The governor pointed out that the authority to cancel a primary election – or any election — does not belong to the executive branch. Rather, the statutory authority to determine whether to cancel an election belongs to the Legislature, as a separate and co-equal branch of government.

“I understand that there are concerns among your membership about how to hold session safely. Please know what I am ready to assist you in whatever manner I am authorized to so that your membership and staff can continue to do the people’s work,” the governor said.

She added: “I recognize that this determination by the Commission could not have been easy. Indeed, they told us so in their letter. But in any time of turmoil and tragedy, the work will not be easy. We must weigh our decisions carefully and deliberately. And ultimately, we must make the hard decisions that the people of
Guam elected us to make.”