4 Nov 2008

CNMI elects first US Congress delegate

2:40 pm on 4 November 2008

The Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas will today elect its first-ever non-voting congressional delegate, exactly 22 years after Northern Marianas residents were granted U.S. citizenship.

This makes the CNMI the last U.S. jurisdiction to get congressional representation.

Among the candidates are the CNMI's representative to Washington, Pete Tenorio, Senator Luis Crisostimo and a former Election Commission executive director, Gregorio Sablan.

About 13,000 voters are expected to cast their ballots in the election.

Governor Benigno Fitial has urged all registered voters to go out and vote.