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By Emmanuel T. Erediano

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Nov. 21) – A task force on Rota is now preparing to activate the casino commission there after the votes in favor of the initiative exceeded the required two-thirds of the total number of the island’s registered voters.

[PIR Editors Note: Rota is the small southernmost island in the Northern Mariana Islands chain.]

Pedro Q. Dela Cruz, chairman of Rota Casino Task Force, in a telephone interview yesterday, said they are now going to "organize everything" after getting the overwhelming approval from the people of Rota.

He said they expect Mayor Joseph S. Inos to appoint, as provided by law, the five members of the commission.

The task force, for its part, will create the organization that will handle the casino operation.

The task force, Dela Cruz said, still need to work on the regulations for the casino commission’s operation then have them published as part of administrative requirement.

The official election count showed that 1,085 people voted for Rota casino initiative while only 187 voted no.

Rota has a total of 1,564 registered voters and the final results, Dela Cruz said, represented over 70 percent of the total, which are more than two-thirds.

He said a casino operation must involve a minimum of US$25 million investment.

Marianas Variety

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