14 May 2007

US court to decide on hearing appeal to Guam's elections

6:02 am on 14 May 2007

The United States Supreme Court will decide this week whether to hear an appeal by the losing candidates in last year's election for Governor in Guam.

Robert Underwood and Frank Aguon Jr , the Democratic Party candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, lost last November's election to incumbent, Republican Felix Camacho.

Mr Underwood wants the court to rule on whether 504 "overvotes," or ballots that indicated a vote for more than one candidate for Governor, should be included in the final tally.

The Guam Election Commission did not include the overvotes.

However, if it had, Mr Camacho would not have won a majority of votes in the closely contested race.

If the U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear the Underwood appeal, and eventually rules in his favor, a new election would have to be held.