CEC wants polling sites for special poll back at Garapan, Oleai schools


The Commonwealth Election Commission wants to hold the March 23 special election at the Garapan and Oleai elementary schools—the traditional polling places for Precinct 3 voters.

Due to typhoon damage at the Garapan and Oleai schools, the polling sites for Precinct 3 voters last November were moved to Garapan Central Park and at the Marianas Visitors Authority office in Oleai/San Jose.

CEC executive director Julita Villagomez said yesterday that they had already asked the Public School System to allow them to use the cafeterias of the Garapan and Oleai schools.

“We want to go back to the old system,” she said.

They were told that the Oleai school is still renovating its cafeteria. Villagomez said they asked for a classroom instead.

Villagomez said they are still awaiting reply from Education Commissioner Glenn Muña.

As of last Jan. 28, there were 3,361 registered voters for Precinct 3.

CEC closed the registration for Precinct 3 last Jan. 23.

The special election became necessary with the demise of Rep. Francisco D. Dela Cruz last month.

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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