Guam – The Guam Election Commission has postponed the scheduled drawing to determine the placement of names on the primary election ballot until the question of “What is a legal name?” has been resolved.
That question has held up approval of GOP candidate Romeo Carlos’ petition to be placed on the primary election ballot.
The 2014 Primary Election Ballot Placement Drawing was scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, July 5, at 10am at the GEC Conference Room in the GCIC Building in Hagatna.
GEC Executive Director Maria Pangelinan told PNC News in a telephone interview this morning that questions were raised during Thursday night’s GEC Board meeting about the election application petition submitted by Carlos.
His name, as it appears on his petition, is Romeo Carlos, however Pangelinan says that Carlos’ “Affidavit of Voter Registration” indicates a different name which is “Carl Gross.”
The Guam Election Code requires that all nominating petitions must reflect the legal name of the candidate, which, Pangelinan says, raised the question of “What is a legal name?”
“That is the issue that has held up the drawing,” said Pangelinan.
The Board asked legal counsel Jeff Cook to provide them with a definition of what a legal name is for the next GEC meeting which has been set for July 8th. At that meeting a new date for the 2014 Primary Election Ballot Placement Drawing will be set.
And Pangelinan also said “We will check all the petitions to make sure the legal name” is being used.
Also, another question was raised about the Romeo Carlos’s candidate petition. That issue had to due with the question of whether or not the person circulating a candidate’s petition must be a registered voter.
Pangelinan said the standard practice is to verify that all persons circulating petitions on behalf of a candidate must be registered voters.
However Pangelinan said that legal counsel Cook concluded that is not a legal requirement, and the person circulating a petition does not have to be a registered voter.
Because of these questions, Carlos’ name is not among the names of 15 republican candidates that have been submitted to the GEC Board for approval for placement on the ballot.
“If we accept Carlos’ last petition, he would have enough signatures to be placed on the ballot,” said Pangelinan. “If its not accepted, he doesn’t have enough signatures.”