So far, 1 has filed his candidacy for November polls


Former lawmaker Antonio Muna Camacho is the first and so far the only person to file his candidacy for the Nov. 9, 2016, general elections since the Commonwealth Election Commission started accepting submission of nominating petitions and candidacy last Monday.

CEC acting executive director Julita Villagomez disclosed yesterday that Camacho filed his candidacy as an independent for a House of Representatives Precinct 5 seat.

Camacho used to serve as a House representative.

Villagomez said the deadline to file nominations and candidacy is Aug. 10.

She said CEC commissioners have to meet to certify the candidates.

Asked why only one so far who filed candidacy, Villagomez said most of the candidates usually wait for the closing date because they are working in the government.

Villagomez said candidates have to take a leave from government work as soon as CEC certifies them.

Another reason, the acting CEC executive director said, is that a political party will usually gather first their people and file its candidates at one time.

Villagohmez also reminded the people that they are still conducting registration of voters and that the last day is Sept. 9.

CEC started registering voters right after the Nov. 15, 2015 elections.

Villagomez said they will start receiving request for absentee ballots on Aug. 25 for those people who will be off-island during the elections.

She said Oct. 10, 2016, is the last day to request for absentee ballots.

There are 35 seats up for grabs in the coming Nov. 8 general elections.

Villagomez said it used to be called mid-term elections, but CEC now calls it general elections.

The top seat for the November elections is the U.S. Delegate for the U.S. House of Representatives, a position that has been held by Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP) since he was first elected in 2008.

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

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