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Speaker to declare vacancy this week

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SPEAKER Blas Jonathan Attao  will  inform Gov. Ralph DLG Torres  this week about the vacancy in the House of Representatives following the resignation of former House Minority Leader Edwin Propst of Precinct 1.

Article 2, Section 9 of the CNMI Constitution states that a vacancy in the Legislature “shall be filled by special election if one-half or more of the term remains. If less than one-half of the term remains, the governor shall fill the vacancy by appointing the unsuccessful candidate for the office in the last election who received the largest number of votes and is willing to serve or, if no candidate is available, a person qualified for the office from the district represented.”

The House candidate who finished seventh in the 2018 Precinct 1 House election was former Department of Public Safety Deputy Commissioner Franklin R. Babauta who is also a retired Army lt. colonel. Like Propst, Babauta ran as an independent candidate.

There are less than three months left in Propst’s term.

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