Monday polls generally peaceful, orderly -- Celso PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 October 2010 13:08

Mayor Celso Lobregat has described yesterday’s barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in Zamboanga as very peaceful and orderly though he admitted to have received various complaints concerning some non-compliance to voting rules and laws.

“It is very peaceful, there are many people but you don’t see long queues in this school than we had during the automated elections last May”, the mayor told reporters, emerging from precinct 027A at the Zamboanga West Central School where he cast his vote around 11am.

The chief executive observed that people were in a happy mood and very enthusiastic to participate in the electoral process.  He also made the rounds of various schools and precincts to observe the situation.

Based on his monitoring of the situation in the different barangays in the city, Mayor Lobregat said no serious incidents or reports have been reported by the concerned authorities since the precincts opened at 7am and closed at 3pm.

“I just received one report wherein a candidate was said to be hanging around inside the polling place even after he voted”, the mayor disclosed referring to a report he received from the Lunzuran Elementary School. He immediately called up concerned officials to check on the report, he added.

There were also reports of disenfranchisement or missing names of voters and other complaints common during elections.

Mayor Lobregat expressed gratitude that everything, including the weather condition turned out well during the voting period.

He likewise thanked the law enforcement authorities—the military and the police for the well coordinated security plans implemented during the balloting process.

Elections in Zamboanga, he stressed have always been peaceful, orderly and clean in Zamboanga because of the cooperation and support of all sectors concerned.  He hoped that yesterday’s elections would also be peaceful, orderly and clean all throughout the process, meaning, from voting until the counting process.

When asked for his opinion on whether or not the manual system of election is better than the automated system, the chief executive said he has yet to see until after all the ballots have been canvassed. “We will see until after the count because normally in the case of the manual system, it is in the counting and canvassing where we see the discrepancies”.

On the other hand, the mayor could not help but lament the fact that the registration for the Sangguniang Kabataan including youths running for SK positions is abnormally low. “Unfortunately the registration for the SK is very low, very few registered”.

He observed that many sectors are calling for a review of the SK law, “some say we just appoint representatives and do away with the process of voting” but stressed that Congress will have to decide on the issue.

By Sheila Covarrubias