Ballots start arriving, CEC prepares for NI early voting
Batches of ballots coming from Nebraska started arriving yesterday as the Commonwealth Election Commission is preparing for this Friday’s start of early voting for the Northern Islands.
CEC executive director Kayla S. Igitol said they are open from 8:30am to 4pm every day, even weekends, until Nov. 7 starting this Friday for early voting for the Northern Islands.
CEC administrative officer Robin N. Sablan disclosed that they just received yesterday afternoon the ballots for Precinct 4D or for the Northern Islands.
Sablan said they picked up from the postal office yesterday morning the first batch consisting of 2,100 ballots for Precinct 3B.
He said they picked up yesterday afternoon the ballots for Precinct 4D and that they were still conducting an inventory.
Sablan said they ordered by batches because early voting starts Friday for the Northern Islands so they want that first.
“For the Northern Islands, they’re not many voters. But we urge all voters who are not able to come to the polling site by Nov. 8 general election day to come and vote,” he said.
As of yesterday afternoon, a construction company was still doing repairs/renovation at the CEC offices in Susupe that were damaged by typhoons.
Among the offices being repaired is an office that will be used as a polling place for early voting for the Northern Islands.
Sablan said repairs will be done by yesterday for the polling site for early voting.
The repaired office that will be used as a polling place for the Northern Islands early voting is CEC’s new conference room.
There were 184 registered voters for the Northern Islands. Five of those registered voters are currently on Agrihan, while the remaining are staying on Saipan.
Valentino Nicky Taisacan is running for the Northern Islands mayor under the Republican Party, while Jocelyn Frances Aldan Kapileo is seeking the post as an independent candidate.
Current Northern Islands mayor Vicente Santos is not seeking re-election.