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Precinct 3 special election candidate Grace "Pitu" Sablan-Vaiagae, center, is accompanied by NMI Republican Party officers and other supporters as she walks to the Commonwealth Election Commission’s designated polling site at multi-purpose center to cast her vote on Saturday, the start of the early voting period.

GRACE "Pitu" Sablan-Vaiagae is a resident of Precinct 3, the chairman of her Republican campaign team said on Saturday.

John Tagabuel said Sablan-Vaiagae used to live in Precinct 4 but moved back to Precinct 3 in January.

He noted that Sablan-Vaiagae’s candidacy for the vacant House seat has been certified by the Commonwealth Election Commission.

An NMI Democratic Party supporter, Fabian Indalecio, expressed concern about Sablan-Vaiagae’s residency.

In response to Indalecio’s Open Government Act request, CEC Executive Director Kayla S. Igitol provided him a copy of the document submitted and used to validate a candidate’s residency in a given precinct.

Igitol said on Saturday that no one had challenged CEC's decision to certify Sablan-Vaiagae's candidacy.

The special election will fill the House seat of the late House Republican leader Ivan A. Blanco.

Sablan-Vaiagae’s opponent is Corina L. Magofna of the NMI Democratic Party.

The early voting period started on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will continue through Friday, Oct. 15.

The polling site location is the Gov. Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center in Susupe.

On special election day, Oct. 16, the polling places will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

The polling places are:

• Precinct 3A (San Jose) Oleai Elementary School cafeteria (enter south entrance and exit north entrance).

• Precincts 3B-1 and 3B-2 (Garapan) Garapan Elementary School cafeteria (north entrance gate).

For more information, call the election commission at 235-8683 (VOTE).

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