23 Oct 2012

Opponents of CNMI governor plan to effect change in mid-term election

5:42 am on 23 October 2012

One of the organisers of a rally held in protest against corruption in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas says people will be highly motivated to vote in next month's mid-term election.

As many as a hundred people turned out to support Sunday's rally, days after a resolution to impeach the governor Benigno Fitial failed.

Glen Hunter says there is growing concern among the public about alleged corruption, negligence, and abuse of power by the governor.

"That should motivate the community to get out to the polls and in their own way vote against corruption by voting out members of this legislature that have openly condoned or endorsed or supported the corrupt actions of this administration."

Glen Hunter says opponents of the governor want him out as early as January next year, when the legislature reconvenes.

He says given the track record of the current government there is some concern that manipulation or voter fraud could occur during the election.