Election commission all set for Tuesday’s early voting

THE Commonwealth Election Commission told senators that it is ready for the start of the early-voting period on Tuesday.

Kayla Igitol, CEC administrative officer, and Robin Sablan, election clerk, were asked to clarify some election issues and concerns during the Senate session on Friday.

Raising concerns regarding absentee voters, Sen. Paul A. Manglona asked CEC why it “waited for two years” to review the names of absentee voters.

But Igitol said they had been conducting a review process “ever since,” and not only now. She said although they reviewed some of the names of the absentee voters, they had not deleted the names and they still received their absentee ballots.

Igitol said there are no pending absentee ballots and “everything has been sent out.”

The early-voting period will start on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the multi-purpose center in Susupe. Early voting for Rota and Tinian will be held at the Rota Northern Marianas College and Tinian Department of Public Safety.

Regarding the concerns about absentee ballots and absentee voters, Sen. Sixto K. Igisomar said there is a need to revisit the law and see how it can be improved.

As for Election Day, Nov. 13, Igitol said the board will meet today, Monday, to designate the polling places for Saipan and Tinian.

In a separate interview, CEC interim Chairman Jess Sablan said no major changes will occur, and the locations are still the same, but instead of holding it in the cafeteria, for example, they will hold it in a classroom.

“These things will be finalized by Monday and they will be announced before the general elections,” he added.

Source: Marianas Variety :

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