65% already voted for NI

Posted on Oct 04 2022


Commonwealth Election Commission executive director Kayla S. Igitol, left, supervises the early voting process for the Northern Islands at the CEC office in Susupe in this photo taken at the start of the early voting last Sept. 23. As of yesterday, 65% of NI voters already voted. (FERDIE DE LA TORRE)

With 34 more days for Northern Islands voters to avail of early voting, 128 out of 196 registered NI voters—or 65%—had already voted, according to Commonwealth Election Commission executive director Kayla S. Igitol yesterday.

In response to Saipan Tribune’s inquiries about the ongoing NI early voting, Igitol said 65% with 34 more days to vote, is a good turnout.

“And I am hopeful they’ll all vote before Nov. 7,” she said.

Igitol said 117 voted at CEC in Susupe, while 11 are absentee voters.

“It’s been slow this past week. We get one or two voters or none at all,” she said.

CEC started the NI early voting last Sept. 23.

Igitol said of the 196 registered NI voters, nine are currently staying in Alamagan and Agrihan.

Most NI voters are staying on Saipan.

Igitol said Nov. 4 is the target date for the boat to leave Saipan to get the votes of nine voters in Alamagan and Agrihan.

Nov. 8 is the general elections.

Jocelyn Frances Aldan Kapileo is running for mayor as an independent, while Valentino Nicky Taisacan is seeking the post under the Republican Party.

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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