Yona mayor recall moves forward

Francisco Hiton has filed a petition to recall jailed Yona Mayor Jesse Blas.

The recall petition against Yona Mayor Jesse Blas will now move forward after the Guam Election Commission gave its thumbs up to the proposed petition form submitted by a concerned Yona resident.

Following a meeting late Monday afternoon, GEC Executive Director Maria Pangelinan told the Pacific News Center that the petition form submitted by Francisco Hiton was finally approved by the election commission board. Hiton — who is also eyeing the mayoral position in Yona — submitted the draft petition to the commission earlier this month.

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“It was sent to the legal counsel for his review. The draft came back, it was discussed in today’s meeting. The board approved sending back the approved format to Mr. Hiton to begin the recall process,” Pangelinan said.

Hiton must now gather 981 signatures from registered Yona voters. That number represents 50 percent plus 1 of the total number of Yona voters who cast ballots in the 2018 Yona mayoral election. If he gets enough signatures, the Legislature would have to approve funding for it and the governor would have to authorize a recall election.

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“Upon complete submission of the 981 signatures, the Guam Election Commission, with the board’s approval, will forward those petitions to the Legislature,” Pangelinan said.

While the petition has finally moved forward, Pangelinan said the law is still unclear about the legislature’s role in the process. She said GEC legal counsel would have to review the issue.