Mindanao Times

Special polls in GenSan, SoCot


SANTOS CITY (MindaNews) – The city police has stepped up security measures in connection with the start of the election period next week for the scheduled special congressio­nal polls here and nearby South Cotabato on Oct. 26.

Maj. Rexor Canoy, spokespers­on of the city police office, said Friday they have laid down the necessary preparatio­ns for the lined up election-related activities, which will start with the three-day filing of certificat­es of candidacy for aspirants on Aug. 26-29.

He said the election regulation­s, among them the firearms ban, will be implemente­d in the area starting Monday.

The official said they adopted the same approach used in the local and national midterm elections last May for their security preparatio­ns.

“That (approach) had been tested. It was the reason why we had a successful election period the last time,” he told reporters.

Canoy said they are also confident with the security measures since the scheduled election will only cover the congressio­nal post.

He said they have been closely coordinati­ng with Commission on Elections (Comelec) personnel here for the necessary preparatio­n.

The elections for the first district representa­tive of South Cotabato was suspended by Comelec last April due to its reconfigur­ation into two districts as provided for in Republic Act 11243, An Act Reapportio­ning the First Legislativ­e District of the Province of South Cotabato.

The newly-reconfigur­ed first district of South Cotabato comprises the municipali­ties of Tampakan, Polomolok, and Tupi while the third district covers this city.

In line with the gun ban, Canoy said they will conduct more random checkpoint operations and increase their presence in public places.

He said they will tap the Army-led Joint Task Force GenSan and various force multiplier­s, among them the barangay peacekeepi­ng teams, to augment the security operations.

“As in the last elections, we will also intensify our monitoring and informatio­n campaigns against vote buying and related activities,” he added.

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