7 file for Yona mayor special election

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According to Guam Election Commission Executive Director Maria Pangelinan, the voting process is very thorough and by March 23, homebound and in-office voting will start.

Thursday was the deadline to file as a candidate for mayor of Yona and seven people filed the required paper work to run.

The special mayoral election is set for Saturday, March 28.

The 7 candidates are Edward Terlaje, Cedric Diaz, Ethan Camacho, Franklin Hiton, Christina Perez, Bill Quenga, and Roque Eustaquio.

The special election became necessary following the resignation of former Yona Mayor Jesse Blas who resigned in January one day before entering a guilty plea to extortion in connection with the lease of a cluster mail box to an FBI informant posing as a meth dealer. He is scheduled to be sentenced May 4th.

Voter registration is ongoing and residents can register to vote online, at Rev and Tax at the motor vehicle office, or through volunteer voter registrars.

District voter registration will last from March 6 to March 18 at the Yona Mayor’s and the Guam Election Commission’s offices.

According to GEC Executive Director Maria Pangelinan, the voting process is very thorough.

By March 23, homebound and in-office voting will start. Any registered Yona voter who is not available to come to the polls can come to the GEC office the week of the election to vote. Alternatively, residents can request to vote at home.

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“We also will service the hospital on election day. So if there are any Yona voters in the hospital, we will visit there at GMH, Naval Hospital, and GRMC. We will try to visit Saint Dominic’s if there are Yona voters there one week before the election,” Pangelinan said.

The votes will be tallied on Saturday, March 28. The GEC will wait 10 working days for off-island ballots to be received and the official certification of the results is tentatively scheduled for April 12.

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