Comelec all set for May 14 elections PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 May 2018 13:25

By Bhong Simbajon

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is now ready for the conduct of the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan BSKE) elections on Monday, May 14, according to a Comelec Election Officer.
In an interview with RMN Zamboanga, City Election Officer Atty. Stephen Roy Cañete said that their personnel are now working double time to prepare the necessary election paraphernalia which will be distributed over the weekend – a day before or earlier than election day.
Aside from this, Cañete’s office  is also conducting the ongoing orientation for Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) who will be serving the elections in districts 1 and 2.
Cañete said that the Comelec has already coordinated with the security sector for the conduct of orderly and peaceful elections.
While there were no hotspots identified in the city, Cañete said that they are closely monitoring the situation in island barangays, where teachers declined to serve in the electoral board.
Official verification of election paraphernalia was held last week in the presence of party leaders Zamboanga Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco- Salazar for Partido Liberal and Congressman Celso Lobregat for PDP-Laban.
The local Comelec office will be preparing the materials for distribution to the city’s 98 barangays.
The sealed boxes, which contain official ballots, election returns and sample ballots were shipped by COMELEC-Manila via a courier to the City Treasurer’s Office (CTO), the custodian of the election materials.
The CTO personnel already started sorting out election materials for distribution in time for the May 14 barangay and SK elections. The sorting of the election paraphernalia was preceded by the public opening and verification of the items last week.
The CTO, headed by Romelita Candido, is the custodian of the ballot boxes and other election paraphernalia under the Omnibus Election Code.
The center for the distribution of the election paraphernalia on May 12 will be at the City Coliseum in Tetuan.
Cañete said that with barely two days before the end of the campaign period, his office is also taking into consideration and is acting on some campaign protests lodged by some aspirants for Barangay Chairman and kagawads which were dealt with accordingly.
COMELEC is constantly reminding all the candidates to abide with the regulations stipulated in the Omnibus Election Code to avoid disqualifications. – Bhong Simbajon/RMN News