Comelec holds gender, election-related forum PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 April 2016 13:51

By ALLEN ABASTILLAS

The Commission on Elections, in partnership with the Gender and Development ( GAD ) of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi –Tawi conducted a forum on gender and election- related violence last Saturday at a local hotel.

The participants are candidates of the said three provinces.

The forum was graced by GAD Executive Commssioner Ma.  Rowena Amelia V. Guanzon and COMELEC Commissioner Luie Tito F. Guia.

Guia disclosed that they conducted  the forum  in Zamboanga City for Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi because of the hardship of time and distance that will be experienced by the candidates. COMELEC and GAD also conducted the same forum in Cotabato City recently for Lanao del Sur, Shariff Aguak , Maguindanao and Marawi City candidates.

During the  forum candidates of BASULTA for Governors, Vice Governors, City Mayors and Municipal Mayors signed a “ Peace of Covenant” for a safe and fair election for the fortcoming May 9,2016 national and general election.

Guanzon urged each political parties in BASULTA and nationwide not to harass or intimidate women candidates during campaign period and election time.

“In some areas in the country 20 women candidates were harassed  and intimidated during the campaign period.  There should be equality between female and male candidates”, Guanzon said.

Guia told newsmen that since day one of the campaign, the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines have recorded 63 cases of  election related violence nationwide. A total of 2,566 assorted high powered guns were seized by the PNP and AFP. — Allen Abastillas