4 Nov 2011

Referendum to look at casinos on Saipan

12:24 pm on 4 November 2011

The Northern Marianas casino referendum is underway to gauge public opinion on a propoal to allow casinos on Saipan.

In the Commonwealth, casino operation is only allowed on Tinian.

The referendum hopes to draw in the participation of at least 60 percent of the over 12,000 registered voters on Saipan.

Dubbed as an advisory referendum, poll results will be submitted to the Senate to guide senators on their next steps relating to present and future casino legislation.

The Saipan Tribune paper reports the results of the referendum are non-binding.

Saipan voters first rejected the casino initiative in the 2007 election.