Thirty-one individuals have so far filed their candidacies for this year's mid-term election with just five days to go before the Aug. 8 filing deadline, while registered voters are currently at over 16,000, according to the Commonwealth Election Commission.
As of yesterday, the election commission recorded 19 individuals who are seeking House seats in three islands.
They included Ignacio Cabrera, Eric Diaz, John Paul Sablan, Rafael Demapan, Mariano Fajardo, Ralph Yumul, Martin Sablan, Brian Torres, Edmund Villagomez, Felix Santos, Roman Benavente, Mariano Taitano, Christopher Leon Guerrero, Raymond Lizama, Anthony Benavente, Francisco Dela Cruz, Ramon Tebuteb, Stanley Torres, and Daniel Aquino.
There are 20 House seats up for grabs this election.
To date, four individuals are seeking positions at the Board of Education. They include Vic Cepeda, Tanya King, Dexter Apatang, and Janice Tenorio. There are two available seats for Saipan and one seat for Rota that are up for grabs this mid-term elections.
For the Senate, three have so far filed candidacies: Senate President Paul Manglona, Ana Teregeyo, and Ray Yumul. There are three open seats up for grabs for the Senate this mid-term elections.
For the U.S. delegate position, only independent candidate and incumbent Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan has formally filed his petition at the election commission. For the municipal council posts, incumbent chair Ramon Camacho, Gardner Barcinas, Prudencio Manglona, and Robert Ulloa have so far filed their candidacies to date. Seats available for municipal council total three while only one will be chosen for the delegate position.
Based on election commission records, there are a total of 16,114 registered voters in the Commonwealth as of July 18. Saipan posted 13,216 total registered voters while Tinian posted 1,391 registered voters and Rota has 1,507 registered voters.
For Saipan, election district 1 recorded 4,355 voters from the following areas: San Antonio, 811; San Vicente, 2,509; and Koblerville, 1,035.
For election district 2, registered voters totaled 1,323 which came from Chalan Kanoa and Susupe areas. For election district 3, the commission election posted 3,304 voters which came from Oleai and Garapan areas.
For election district 4, total registered voters is 1,728: Tanapag, 620; San Roque, 571; Capitol Hill, 409; and Northern Islands, 128.
For election district 5 which covers Kagman villages, total registered voters to date is 2,506.
For Tinian, there are 1,391 registered voters, while Rota posted 1,507 as of July 18.
According to election commission executive director Robert A. Guerrero, the agency is planning to do a weekly update on the voters' statistics which can be found in the agency's website.
In preparation for the elections on Nov. 6, he said the election commission will print 17,500 ballots including that for absentee voters.
Voters can register at the commission's office anytime during the year but not later than 60 days prior to an election. Deadline for filing of candidacy and initiatives for the ballots is set on Aug. 8.