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Five out of 85 voters have been determined to be “dual voters” or with “dual residency.”

Commonwealth Election Commission administrative officer Kayla Igitol said yesterday that CEC administrative hearing officer George Lloyd Hasselback already completed hearing and reviewing the 85 cases that were earlier found by CEC to be “dual voters.”

With Hasselback’s determination, the five were removed from the list of registered voters, Igitol said.

Igitol said the names of 80 others were retained on the list as registered voters.

Of the 80, only over 20 called in to explain their position, she said.

Igitol said that Hasselback reviewed all 85 cases.

The results of Hasselback’s dual voter registration hearings are among the items to be discussed by the CEC board at their meetings on Nov. 21 and 22 at the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center in Susupe at 9am.

Other items on the agenda is the creation of a tabulation committee for absentee ballots and the certification of the 2016 general election results.

Igitol said that 984 absentee ballots that arrived at the post office last Nov. 8 will be processed at the Multi-Purpose Center on Nov. 21 at 9am.

Igitol said they just want to make sure that the absentee voters have complied with the requirements.

Igitol, however, emphasized that they will just process the 984 absentee ballots and not count them. She said the counting will be done on Nov. 22.

CEC expects more absentee ballots to arrive at the post office on or before the scheduled Nov. 22 tabulation.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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