Special polls set on Nov. 13 in Basilan, 8 Lanao towns PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 November 2010 14:13

Checkpoints will be conducted again in Basilan, eight towns in Lanao del Sur and the first district of Bulacan in preparation for the special elections set on on Nov. 13 in the said areas.

Based on Resolution 9067, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) ordered the establishment of one checkpoint in each city/municipality for the holding of the special polls.

“It is necessary to establish Comelec checkpoints to effectively implement said rules and regulations (on gun ban),” said the Comelec en banc resolution.

Checkpoints will be manned by men of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The personnel are required to be in complete uniform and should not be under the influence of liquor or drugs.

The special polls will be conducted in the province of Basilan; Buadiposo Buntong, Kapai, Marantao, Calanogas, Ganassi, Lumbatan, Pagayawan, and Tugaya all in Lanao del Sur, and the first district of Bulacan, in lieu of their failure to hold the automated national and local elections last May 10.

The election period in the said areas began last Friday, which means that the gun ban is already in effect, and will end on Nov. 28.

The resolution added that the checkpoints will be established in well-lighted places or in places where there are sufficient illumination as well as a signboard measuring three feet by four feet to clearly identify the place as a Comelec checkpoint even from a reasonable distance.

However, spot checkpoints outside the pre-identified areas are also being allowed when the situation calls for it.

The poll body alsos said that the conduct of checkpoints should be done in a manner with the least inconvenience upon the person being searched, “to the end that civil, political and human rights are not violated”.

Any person arrested at a Comelec checkpoint must be immediately turned over to the nearest law enforcement station or office with the corresponding affidavit of arrest for proper action.