The Commonwealth Election Commission board has certified the Democratic Party of the Northern Marianas as a recognized political party in the CNMI.
CEC administrative officer Kayla Igitol disclosed yesterday that during the board meeting last Thursday, the commissioners granted the request of the Democratic Party to be fully recognized as a political party organization under the laws of the CNMI.
To be recognized, the Democratic Party was required to submit all the necessary documents to prove they did organize for this Nov. 6 general election. The party failed to submit candidates for all seats for the Nov. 8, 2016 election and in the previous elections.
Present during the board meeting were CEC executive director Julita Villagomez, pro tem chair Jesus Sablan and commissioners Patricia Mareham, Henry Emery Kaipat, Joseph E. Santos, Lelanie M. Manglona, and Esther A. Yatar. Assistant attorney general Charles Brasington also attended the meeting.
The Democratic Party’s request to be recognized was signed by its chair Daniel O. Quitugua, vice chair Janet King, secretary Jonathan P. Cabrera, and treasurer Emiliana Chargualaf.
CEC administrative officer Igitol also disclosed that Gov. Ralph DLG Torres has nominated Vicente T. King as commissioner representing Tinian and Aguiguan.
Igitol said the Senate’s Committee on Executive Appointments and Government Investigations held a public hearing on the nomination of King at the Tinian Courthouse last June 11.
There are two more vacant commissioner positions representing Saipan and the Northern Islands.