Just an ID is required to register to vote

Registered voters now 17,248

The Commonwealth Election Commission will no longer require people to bring passports and birth certificates in order to register to vote at the upcoming Nov. 6 general election, according to CEC executive director Julita Villagomez on Monday.

As this developed, CEC was able to register 79 new voters during their registration drive last May 7 to 18. This brings to 17,248 the total number of voters CNMI-wide.

Villagomez said that people who are eligible to vote should bring only an identification card in order to register.

The election commission used to require passport and birth certificates in order for voters to register, but the Office of the Attorney General informed the CEC last month that these are no longer needed.

For a person to register, he or she has to sign an affidavit of registration that contains a warning of penalty for those who commit fraud.

With respect to CEC’s registration drive, Villagomez said they were able to register 14 at the Saipan Southern High School last May 7 and at the Marianas March Against Cancer event.

Twenty-seven persons registered at the Pacific Islands Club Saipan last May 16 and 38 others registered at the Tinian High School.

CEC will hold registration at Dr. Rita Jr./Sr. High School on Rota on May 29 and 30.

Another registration drive will be done at the Azucena Room of Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan on May 25, from 8:30am to 12:30pm, and at the lobby of Imperial Pacific Resort on June 8 from 1:30pm to 4:30pm.

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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