Turnout on first day of early voting: 1,048

Although only a few voted on Tinian on the first day of the seven-day early voting Tuesday, many people chose to vote early on Saipan and Rota, resulting in an overall turnout of 1,048.

The second day of early voting on Saipan last Wednesday slowed down, though.

Commonwealth Election Commission administrative officer Kayla Igitol said that in Tuesday’s first day of early voting, 904 cast their votes on Saipan, 30 on Tinian, and 114 on Rota—a total of 1,048.

The first day of the seven-day early voting this year is in contrast to the 2016 midterm election, which saw only 581 early voters.

CEC executive director Julita A. Villagomez said that Wednesday’s early voting was slow on Saipan compared to the first day last Tuesday where there was crowding outside the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center in Susupe.

“It’s not as the same as [Tuesday] where we cannot even breathe. …But then now [Wednesday], we have time to breathe and kind of relax a little bit,” Villagomez said.

As of 1pm Wednesday, Villagomez said she’s not aware of the early voting trend on Tinian and Rota as they only communicate with CEC officers there at the end of the day.

She encouraged people to avail of the early voting that will end on Nov. 12.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@saipantribune.com

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