Mayor appeals to Zambo City’s 412,000 voters to go out and vote PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 May 2016 15:13

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Mayor Beng Climaco has aired an urgent appeal to all voters in Zamboanga to go out and exercise their right of suffrage today, Monday, May 9.

“Let us go out and vote and vote wisely with conscience,” the mayor told the over 400,000 registered voters in the city.

She stressed that Monday’s synchronized local and national election is considered a critical moment in the country’s political history as the citizens will elect leaders who will lead the city in the next 3 years in the local level and 6 years in the national level.

Using the computerized voting system, voters nationwide will choose a president, vice president and 6 senators who will steer the country in the next 6 years. At the local level, in Zamboanga, voters will choose a mayor, vice mayor, a representative for each of the two districts and 8 councilors for each district.

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) on Sunday said everything is set for today’s polls as all vote counting machines and all election paraphernalia have already been distributed to the 115 polling precincts in the city, 41 of which for District 1 and 74 for District II.

If not clustered, the city has 617 precincts – 305 in district 1 and 312 in district II. Each precinct has 3 board of election inspectors (BEIs). For barangays affected by the 2013 siege, the polling centers will be at the Zamboanga State college of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST) in Rio Hondo for Mariki, Rio Hondo, Sta. Barbara and Zone IV and Don Gregorio Evangelista Memorial School (DON GEMS) in Sta. Catalina for Sta. Catalina and Kasanyangan.

Precincts will open at 6am until 5pm.

The city has total voters of 412,795, first district has 213,715, while second district has 199,080.

The City’s Board of Canvassers will convene at 5pm at the Sangguniang Panlungsod at the R.T. Lim Boulevard to canvass the votes. The board is composed of Atty. Roy Cañete as chairperson with members City Prosecutor Ricardo Cabaron and Division of City Schools Superintendent Pedro Melchor Natividad as members.

The City COMELEC is manned by Atty. Cañete for District II and Mr. Omar Hamja for District I. Atty. Lerdo Matildo Jr., formerly in charge of District II in Zamboanga, has been assigned to Dipolog City. — Sheila Covarrubias