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By Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno

HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Aug. 12) - One step done,
more to do for the group pushing for a special election to ask voters to approve
casino gambling.

The Citizens of Economic Diversity has met the number of voter
signatures for its special election proposal to continue on to the next step.

Guam Election Commission Executive Director Gerald Taitano said
yesterday 2,490 voter signatures submitted by the pro-casino group have been
verified, and the signatures represent 5.53 percent of those who voted in the
last General Election.

The threshold was 5 percent of the 45,026 people who voted in
the last General Election.

The Citizens for Economic Diversity will submit its proposed
bill to the Guam Legislature and send the election commission a copy of its

The election commission will certify that the group has met the
required number of signatures after receiving its copy of the submission,
according to Taitano.

In the Guam Legislature, the group will need at least eight of
the 15 lawmakers to approve the proposed bill, which is being proposed under the
Voter Introduction Program, or VIP, law. That law allows voters to initiate the
lawmaking process.

With GovGuam's financial problems, however, this question has
been raised: Can the pro-casino group can finance the election?

Taitano said it's a question that may need an opinion from the
Attorney General's Office.

Guam law does state that election expenses must be paid by the
government of Guam, according to Taitano.

August 12, 2003

Pacific Daily News: www.guampdn.com 


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