Over 100 people beat Friday’s CEC deadline


Over 100 people went to the Commonwealth Election Commission in Susupe last Friday, the deadline to register as voters for the Nov. 6 general election.

CEC administrative officer Kayla Igitol said Saturday said Friday was the deadline not only for new registration, but also those who need to re-register.

Igitol said some also showed up to update their registration information by changing their names and mailing address.

“We had a good outcome [Friday]. It was non-stop,” she said, adding that most of those who came are from Saipan.

Igitol said they could not provide the exact number yet of the registered voters because they are still inputting the registration.

She said the last number was over 18,500, but it could be higher than that because they are still receiving registration in the mails.

“If it is postmarked before the seventh [of September], we have to process that registration,” Igitol said.

She said CEC may come up with the final number of registered voters by the end of this month.

Igitol said CEC commissioners also did registration on Tinian and Rota last Friday.

CEC executive director Julita Villagomez conducted registration in Hawaii last Sept. 4 and 5.

CEC recently reported that there were over 18,200 registered voters in the CNMI for this year’s election, which is a record-breaking high.

Meanwhile, CEC started opening the request for absentee ballots last Aug. 23. The deadline to make the request is Oct. 12.

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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