CEC certifies names of 68 candidates


The Commonwealth Election Commission board approved yesterday a resolution certifying the names of 68 candidates, including two judges and one associate justice, for meeting the requirements of law to be placed on the ballot for the Nov. 3 general elections.

The NMI Election Law gives the CEC the duty to ensure that individuals meet the qualifications and requirements before their names are placed on the ballot.

The CEC board chaired by Jesus I. Sablan also approved the ballot layout.

CEC executive director Julita A. Villagomez said no one among those who filed candidacies was disqualified.

Villagomez said CEC staff recommended that the names of the 68 candidates be certified as having met the requirements of law for nominations as candidates.

The certified candidates are 21 Republicans, 18 Democrats, nine independents, and 20 non-partisans.

Associate Justice Perry B. Inos, Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja, and Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo, who are up for retention on the bench, are considered non-partisans. The other non-partisans are candidates for municipal council and Board of Education.

Delegate Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (MP-Ind) is running unopposed for his seventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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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