Recall petition started against Yona Mayor Jesse Blas

GEC executive director Maria Pangelinan confirmed a proposed petition has been submitted for the recall of Yona mayor Jesse Blas.
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A Yona resident has filed paperwork at the Guam Election Commission in an effort to start a recall petition against Yona Mayor Jesse Blas.

GEC executive director Maria Pangelinan confirmed with the Pacific News Center that a resident named Franklin Hiton has submitted a proposed petition form to the commission.

Hiton is asking GEC to review and approve the petition form.

“An individual has filed with us a recall petition form that the commission will look at on Monday, at the meeting. Based on what was submitted, the commission will look at it, there will be a format given back to the individual. And then he will be able to start collecting petitions off that,” the GEC executive director said.

Pangelinan said after the GEC board approves the petition format, around 981 signatures of registered Yona voters would have to be collected before an election could proceed. This represents 50 percent plus 1 of the total number of Yona voters who voted in the last election.

“He goes and collects petitions. When he brings them back to us, we can certify if there are enough valid signatures,” Pangelinan said.

According to Pangelinan, there are currently six individuals who are eyeing the Yona Mayor seat. One of them is Hiton, who filed the recall petition at the commission.

Blas is currently detained and facing federal extortion and bribery charges.