Northern Mariana Islands readies for elections

The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) is preparing for general elections this Saturday.

They will determine the next elected governor, who will be the first to rule the islands under an American federalised immigration system.

The Commonwealth Election Commission mailed ballot papers to more than 2,000 absentee voters, and expects more than 14,000 registered voters to go to polling stations.

The polls will elect the CNMI’s next governor, lieutenant-governor, senators and congressmen, and representatives to different boards and municipal councils.

Four candidates, including incumbent governor Benigno R. Fitial, are vying to become the next governor of the Northern Marianas.

Mr Fitial expects a run-off election because a law now mandates the winner must have a 50 percent plus 1 of the votes cast.

If re-elected, he says he will continue to fight the law mandating the United States to apply its immigration laws on the islands.

Radio Australia News


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