THE Democratic Party of Guam officially transmitted Resolution 03-2012 to Delegate Madeleine Z. Bordallo yesterday, which now paves the way for the congresswoman to petition the federal government to take action on the 2010 Guam election case.
The resolution, signed by Democratic Party of Guam Chairman Carl T.C. Gutierrez, urges Bordallo to initiate a formal congressional investigation to include the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney for Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.
The investigation is relative to numerous unanswered 2010 election complaints, including dual voters participating in Guam’s and the CNMI’s 2010 elections; possible fraud in certain voter precincts; inconsistency in the number of early voters and ballots cast; uncounted provisional ballots; disenfranchisement of certain voters; and non-delivery of absentee ballots, among several other complaints that involve possible tampering of ballots.
“I am in receipt of the Democratic Party of Guam’s resolution and I remain committed to inquiring as to the status of the concerns in the resolution with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of the U.S. Attorney for Guam. I will continue to support the efforts of the Guam Legislature for comprehensive election reform,” Bordallo said in a statement upon receipt of the resolution.
Bordallo’s recent undertaking was a result of an inquiry made by a Dededo constituent during a Democratic Party meeting on Tuesday. The constituent posed a question whether Bordallo would be willing to initiate a congressional inquiry on the status of the 2010 election complaints, to which Bordallo replied in the affirmative.
Bordallo later clarified her statements saying, pending a resolution from the Democratic Party, she would consider the request and make an official inquiry with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Tuesday’s meeting was the first time Gutierrez and Bordallo, former governor and lieutenant governor of Guam, respectively, displayed a powerful message of unity for the party.
After the two shook hands in front of a crowd of about 200 Democrats, Gutierrez reportedly lent his support to Bordallo for Congress, saying he would put aside their differences and the party would “carry her into Washington without a plane.”