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GEC Executive Director Maria Pangelinan confirms that the ballot box was surplus and was lent out to various agencies to conduct youth elections, such as the student body organization at UOG and GCC and the Guam Youth Congress. Carillo was a staffer at Vice Speaker BJ Cruz’s office at the time of his arrest and Cruz is the Committee Chairperson that oversees Youth Congress. Although she couldn’t confirm, Pangelinan says it’s possible Carillo took the ballot box home with him and forgot to return it to GEC.
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"Now those ballot boxes have been surplus and we know, the GEC knows that they’ve been used for student government elections at the University, at the Guam Community College and then again for Youth Congress," explains Pangelinan.
Meanwhile, Pangelinan says that Carillo remains a commission member despite facing charges of marijuana possession and distribution. There are three ways Carillo can be removed from his position. The first is his term expires.
"The other way to remove them besides the expiration of their term is the party, the party that nominates them can remove them by resolution of their executive committee. That’s the second way. The third way is for the Guam Legislature to vote them out like by two-thirds vote," she says, noting that the last two methods have not been performed.
Carillo has been terminated from his position at Senator Cruz’s office.
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