CEC urges 17-year-old citizens to register now

4 commissioner’s positions for Saipan and Northern Islands still vacant

The Commonwealth Election Commission is urging all 17-year-old citizens who will turn 18 years old by the Nov. 6, 2018, general election to register now as voters.

CEC administrative officer Kayla Igitol is encouraging those 17-year-olds who will be turning 18 by the Nov. 6 election to register now while there is still no lines.

To register, CEC just needs either a valid U.S. passport or a copy of one’s birth certificate.

Igitol disclosed that, as of Nov. 1, 2017, there are now 12,972 registered voters on Saipan and the Northern Islands, 1,629 on Tinian, and 1,818 on Rota—for a total of 16,419 registered voters in the CNMI.

She said the number fluctuates due to changes such as voters canceling or they don’t want to vote here, deaths, and those having felony convictions.

There were a total of 17,928 registered voters in the CNMI in the 2016 general election.

The deadline to make any registration changes such as a change of last name or change of precincts is on Sept. 7, 2018.

As of yesterday, CEC still has four vacant commissioner’s positions, all representing Saipan and the Northern Islands.

Last Sept. 26, the CEC board elected Jesus I. Sablan and Donald Hofschneider as chair pro tem and vice chair pro tem, respectively.

The board made a selection because CEC has no chairperson following the expiration of the term of former chair Frances M. Sablan last Aug. 8.

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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