Elections peaceful in Zambo, but not in neighbor provinces PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 May 2013 10:59

Except for some faulty PCOS machines and complaints of missing names, the voting process in Zamboanga City sailed smoothly yesterday. But Comelec estimated only a little more than 50% of the overall number of registered voters went out to cast their votes.

The number of registered voters  in Zamboanga City is more than 400,000.

Comelec acted swiftly to look into the malfunction of some PCOS machines and voting proceeded afterwards.

The poll watchers of Liberal Party-Adelanted de Zamboanga were the subject of complaints for they are wearing yellow t-shirts with the word “Team Pnoy” printed on them, which according to Bar topnotcher Atty. Vic Solis was influencing voters to go for the said political group.

Solis said in a radio interview that Team Pnoy mayoralty bet Beng Climaco Salazar should have exercised leadership and stopped the group’s poll watchers from wearing yellow shirts with “Team Pnoy” because it was indirect campaigning and a violation of the election law.

Poll precincts opened as early as 7 a.m. and by 8 :30 a.m. the lines were long in many of the polling places with the voters wanting to accomplish thei right of suffrage.

On the contrary,  some violent incidents were reported in neighboring provinces.

In Panglima Estino  and Tongkil,  both in Sulu, were 4 persons was killed and 3 wounded.

Another violent incident took place before midnight in which a group of supporters of a mayoralty candidate in Bayog Zamboanga Del Sur was fired upon killing 3 and wounding of 8 others. There were also reports of two explosions of Improvise Explosive Device (IED) in Maguindanao, but no one was reportedly hurt in the said incident.

In Basilan, a Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) coordinator was shot, according to the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV).

As of 2:30 p.m., the PPCRV has yet to determine the extent of injuries sustained by the still unidentified victim.

In Cotabato City, another BEI coordinator was ran over by a motorcycle and fell in a canal.

The BEI who only suffered minor injuries apparently refused to be admitted to the hospital since he needs to attend to the ballots.

As per assessment of Western Mindanao Command, the ongoing elections remained to be generally peaceful.

Counting and canvassing of votes started after the 7 p.m. closing time and as of press time, voting trend could not yet be determined yet.