Guam – Senator Adolpho Palacios who lost his bid for re-election is questioning the vote count in Agat Precinct 4 which gave him “0” votes. And the GEC confirms that they are already investigating a possible machine error with one of its tabulation machines that could have caused a miscalculation of certain ballots that were cast.
While the average number of votes cast for each Senatorial candidate in Precinct 4 was about 200, Sen. Adolpho Palacio received 0 votes, a mind-boggling number, according to Executive Director Maria Pangelinan.
Precinct 4 is one of three precincts in Agat and it was designated for those whose last names begin with letters A through D. The polling site in question was at Oceanview Middle School.
Sen. Palacios declined PNC’s request for an on-camera interview, however, he did tell us that he plans to attend this evening’s GEC meeting to raise a concern that’s “very disturbing” to him.
Pangelinan says that this is not the first time this has happened, however she wants to assure the community that an investigation is already underway. The GEC’s consultant, Election Systems and Software has already been contacted about the issue.
Senator Palacios was number 16 on the unofficial final election results with a total of 13, 703 votes. He was edged out by Sen. Rory Respicio, who received 14,326 votes, a difference of 623 votes.