Limited flights stymie planned CEC board meeting


Limited interisland flights caused the cancellation of the Commonwealth Election Commission’s board meeting which was tentatively planned for last Wednesday.

CCC executive director Julita A. Villagomez also announced Thursday that they are now open on Fridays, except during holidays, from 8am to 4pm.

Villagomez said they are open even during lunch hour.

CEC has been accepting the filing of submission of petitions and candidacies since last Monday for the upcoming Nov. 3 general elections. As of yesterday afternoon, no one has filed yet.

Aug. 5 is the deadline to submit nominating petition and candidacy.

On the board meeting’s cancellation, the executive director said Tinian and Rota flights are only thrice a week so the directors have to wait in line to make reservation. She said they have no schedule yet when to hold a board meeting.

Villagomez also disclosed that there are three vacant commissioner’s positions, all for Saipan.

Currently there are five commissioners: two for Saipan, two for Rota, and one for Tinian. They have a quorum because they need only five commissioners, and one at least for each island.

Jesus I. Sablan of Saipan is the current CEC board chairman.

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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