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Senator offers to help address election commission issues

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SENATOR Sixto K. Igisomar is willing to assist the Commonwealth Election Commission address the issues raised by the Office of the Public Auditor regarding the accountability of ballots.

Igisomar, who chairs the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Government, Law and Federal Relations, wrote CEC Executive Director Julita Villagomez a letter on Monday, saying that he wants to know “what assistance may be needed to ensure that the critical functions and duties of the election commission remain intact and in full force to fulfill their fiduciary duties in preparation for this year’s midterm election.”

The commission has nine members appointed by the governor — two from Rota, two from Tinian and five from Saipan and Northern Islands.

Igisomar wants to know who the current commissioners are and whether there is a vacancy on the commission. He also wants to know the expiration of each of the commissioner’s term in office.

The senator is also asking Villagomez to provide him “feedback” on the OPA report concerning ballot accountability, most especially the “unresolved” issues mentioned in the report.

Igisomar asked the CEC executive director to answer the following questions:

1) What are the vision, goals and objectives that are pending due to inadequacy of actions taken or executed/implemented by the election commission? Do we have a gap in our current statute that is preventing proper realignment of policy changes necessary to take effect?

2) Has the CEC resolved every issue that surfaced during our last general election as alluded to by the OPA report?

3) What are the updated protocol, standard operating procedures, guidance, rules and regulations to make sure our next election is better prepared and accountable?

Igisomar also asked the election commission to “provide a copy of a management ‘action plan’ in place for the upcoming election in November 2020; a plan to include but not limited to the response of your office to issues arising from ‘optical scan or paper ballots, ballot-on-demand, and all ballot stock, details pertaining to the audit trail and chain of custody for the ballots with strict control over the ballots and ballot stock at all time.’”

Igisomar also asked Villagomez to provide a “compilation of initiatives to be present on the ballot for this November 2020 election, and a plan to ensure the safety and well-being of voters, poll workers and the community in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

He said if there are areas of concern or recommendations that require legislative action, Villagomez should not hesitate to share them with him.

“As I mentioned, it is my hope that we can collaboratively work together and address all areas of election commission to better serve our Commonwealth,” Igisomar said.

 

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