Respicio: Governor’s Veto of Election Reform Bill “Unfortunate … Impulsive”

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Guam – Legislative Majority Leader Rory Respicio believes that Governor Calvo acted “impulsively” in vetoing the election reform  Bill # 413. 

 

In a release to the media, Respicio points out that the Election Commission welcomed the non-binding election audit that the bill called for and Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo had urged the Governor to sign it.

Respicio does not say whether he will seek an over-ride of the bill but states: “I am hopeful that my colleagues in the Guam Legislature will join all those who deserve to know the truth surrounding the 2010 general election, so that in the future, Guam’s voters can be confident that they will have the free and fair elections they deserve.”

READ Senator Respicio’s release in FULL below:

The governor’s attitude toward the election reform bill is unfortunate. He acted impulsively and commented on a bill even before he received it. He made statements that this bill is about the 2010 general election, and proclaimed that the past election was over and “people should just move on.”

Gov. Calvo did not even take into consideration how the election reform bill would reform the way elections are conducted here in Guam. The Guam Election Commission members welcomed the non-binding audit. Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo appealed to the Governor to sign this bill into law.

I am hopeful that my colleagues in the Guam Legislature will join all those who deserve to know the truth surrounding the 2010 general election, so that in the future, Guam’s voters can be confident that they will have the free and fair elections they deserve.