CEC targets printing 4K ballots for special election

The Commonwealth Election Commission is targeting of printing about 4,000 ballots for the March 23, 2019 special election for the vacant seat of the House of Representatives for Precinct 3.

CEC administrative officer Kayla S. Igitol also disclosed that votes for the special election will be manually counted.

Igitol said the ballots will be printed locally and not from off-island that they did for last Nov. 13 general election.

As of last week, there were 3,803 registered voters for Precinct 3. CEC closed the registration for Precinct 3 last Wednesday or the day when Gov. Ralph DLG Torres signed the proclamation setting the March 23 special election.

CEC also started last Wednesday accepting request for absentee ballots and also opened the submission for nominating petition and candidacy.

Igitol said based on the last Nov. 13 election, there were 394 absentee ballots.

She said for this special election, their projection is to have 350 absentee voters.

The CEC board has yet to decide as to the designated polling place.

The passing of representatuve Francisco S. Dela Cruz (R-Saipan) last Jan. 6, resulted in a vacant House seat. Dela Cruz won his re-election bid in the last Nov. 13 election, finishing fifth among 13 candidates. There are six seats for Precinct 3.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@saipantribune.com

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