Good turnout of registrants in voters registration in Basilan PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 July 2012 15:45

The turnout of registrants has been very remarkable and the situation is generally peaceful except for a bomb explosion that injured eight soldiers Tuesday since the ARMM registration of  voters opened up in Basilan last Monday.

Comelec Commissioners  Lucinito Tagle and Elias Yusop personally visited the different places in the province to ensure that the registration will go on properly and smoothly.

“The turn-out is good and there has been peaceful proceedings. As of Monday and Tuesday 2,500  qualified voters trooped to the different registration centere .  The situation here in Basilan is very manageable,” Tagle said.

Tagle and Yusop conferred with ARMM-OIC Mujiv Hataman, Mayor Roderick Furigay, Comelec Regional Director Michael Abas, Rep. Jim Hataman, Police Provincial Director Sr. Supt. Alex Lineses, Atty. Quirino Esguerra Jr., Basilan Provincial Election Supervisor Roberto Dela Peña andNational Capital Region  Director  Jubil “ Bong” Surmieda at the restaurant of Councilor Itoy San Juan in Lamitan City. Atty.

Dela Peña said that conducting the general registration are Comelec people from the National Capital Region with the support of Region 9 Director Michael Abas.

“We have  107 computers complete with back-up  generators,” Dela Peña revealed.

Mayor Furigay disclosed that in Lamitan City where there are 45 barangays, the Comelec will do it  into two shifts of registration. The first registration was conducted for the first 21 to 22 barangays then followed by the remaining barangays.

During last Monday’s flag raising ceremony, Furigay called on the parents to register their children and family members and relatives working and studying in Zamboanga City before July 19.

Basilan Police Director Sr. Supt. Alex Lineses thanked Police Regional Office 9 Director Napoleon R. Estilles for sending one company of troopers from the 9th Regional Public Safety Battalion for security augmentation force.

“The 9th RPSB troopers are assigned in the municipalities of Sumisip and Al-Barka. Because of the continuous rain, we encountered minor problems in transporting the equipment and generators  amid the muddy roads. We also advised people not to politicize the situation because it is a general registration, Lineses said. — Allen Abastillas