There is established within the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Government an independent election commission, known as the Commonwealth Election Commission. Pursuant to 1 CMC §6102 and §6103, the Commission shall consist of nine (9) members appointed by the Governor subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. Five (5) of those members shall be residents of Saipan and the islands north of Saipan, two (2) members shall be residents of Rota and two (2) members shall be residents of the islands of Tinian and Aguiguan. Each member shall serve a term of four (4) years. No person may be appointed a commission member who is not a registered voter of the Commonwealth. The Commission’s function is to ensure a fair, honest, orderly and impartial election process. Its responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the recruitment of registrars, precinct officials, election workers and other administrative staff necessities.
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