CEC opens filing of candidacy for special polls

Registration of voters for Precinct 3 already closed

The Commonwealth Election Commission opened yesterday the submission for nominating petition and candidacy following Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’ proclamation for a special election to fill the vacant seat existing in the House of Representatives for Precinct 3.

CEC administrative hearing officer Kayla S. Igitol, in an interview, also disclosed that registration for Precinct 3 was officially closed yesterday.

Igitol said the last day of submission of nominating petitions and candidacy documents is Feb. 8, 2019.

She said two persons had already picked up petition forms from their office yesterday afternoon, but she does not know if the petition were for themselves or for someone else.

Igitol said a candidate needs 50 signatures in the nominating petition.

Igitol said as soon as Torres signed the proclamation, the registration is closed.

“It’s in the law. We have to close the registration 60 days period to an election,” she said.

Torres set the special election for March 23, 2019.

Igitol said as of last week, there were 3,803 registered voters for Precinct 3.

“Right now, we’re still purging out the names [of registered voters]. So, this number will change,” she said.

Igitol said they have not decided yet as to the location of the polling place.

There is a vacant House seat after Rep. Francisco S. Dela Cruz (R-Saipan) passed away on Tinian last Jan. 6.

Dela Cruz, who was a member of the 20th Legislature, won his re-election bid in the last Nov. 13 election, finishing fifth among 13 candidates for the six seats of Precinct 3.

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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