Poll body notes 100% turnout


Sun.Star Baguio - - Front Page - Jonathan Llanes Sun*Star Re­porter

AT LEAST 90 per­cent of the to­tal votes dur­ing the Barangay and SK elec­tions were al­ready ac­counted by the Com­mis­sion of Elec­tions in the Cordillera re­gion.

Com­elec – CAR re­gional di­rec­tor Atty. Julius Torres said while the re­gion reg­is­tered 100 per­cent voter’s turn – out, only two far flung municipalities in Moun­tain Prov­ince has yet to sub­mit the re­sults to the provincial elec­tion board.

"As per our mon­i­tor­ing of the elec­tions par­tic­u­larly in the five prov­inces aside from Abra, we were re­ceiv­ing pos­i­tive re­ports of a peace­ful con­duct of the elec­tions. The se­cu­rity prepa­ra­tions and de­ploy­ment im­ple­mented by the PNP and AFP have

proven to be ef­fec­tive and mi­nor is­sues were im­me­di­ately re­solved by our elec­tion of­fi­cials," Torres said.

The Com­elec of­fi­cial ear­lier said they al­though have been re­ceiv­ing re­ports of elec­tion vi­o­la­tions par­tic­u­larly in Abra, for­mal com­plaints has yet to be filed in their of­fice.

"Even be­fore the start of the elec­tions, we have been re­ceiv­ing re­ports of an al­leged group in Abra who were con­duct­ing rounds in the prov­ince in­sist­ing on prospec­tive can­di­dates to back out from the barangay elec­tions. Based on our ver­i­fi­ca­tion from our Abra field of­fice, the prob­lem how­ever is that no one would like to file a for­mal com­plaint against th­ese in­di­vid­u­als," added Torres.

In Kalinga, the two precincts of Barangay Mabung­tut in Lubua­gan where six PNP per­son­nel presided the elec­toral process re­ported of a peace­ful con­duct of the elec­tions.

In Moun­tain Prov­ince, the elec­toral process was also re­ported to be peace­ful ex­cept for some mi­nor prob­lems.

"Based on the re­port of Atty. Ri­cardo Lam­pac who is our Provincial Elec­tion Su­per­vi­sor, they are still await­ing the re­sults com­ing from Natonin and Paracelis who have still to trans­port the elec­tion re­sults. They failed to trans­port the re­sults im­me­di­ately due to strong rains and bad roads but gen­er­ally, the elec­tions there was peace­ful," Torres ex­plained.

Baguio City Mayor Mauri­cio Do­mo­gan dur­ing the flag rais­ing cer­e­monies at City Hall com­mended the peace­ful con­duct of elec­tions in Baguio City and the re­gion, and the ef­fec­tive se­cu­rity prepa­ra­tions ini­ti­ated by the PNP and AFP.

"Ex­cept for 37 vi­o­la­tors of the liquor ban and an in­ci­dent of cam­paign­ing dur­ing elec­tion day, the con­duct of elec­tions in the city re­mained gen­er­ally peace­ful," said the mayor.

Mean­while, Torres re­minded all win­ning and los­ing can­di­dates of the elec­toral re­quire­ment on the filling of their State­ments of Con­tri­bu­tions and Ex­pen­di­tures (SOCE) for the barangay and SK can­di­dates not later than June 13.

"Fail­ure to do so pro­hibits win­ning can­di­dates from en­ter­ing upon the du­ties of their of­fice un­til they have com­plied. The Com­mis­sion of a sec­ond or sub­se­quent fail­ure to file their SOCE would sub­ject them to per­pet­ual dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion of hold­ing pub­lic of­fice," Torres added.

The Com­elec also re­minded the pub­lic of the ex­ist­ing gun ban which is in ef­fect un­til May 22.

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