Celso lauds authorities for peaceful, orderly polls PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 11:21

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday cited police and military authorities for a job well done that resulted to an orderly and peaceful elections Monday.

Specifically, Lobregat lauded the efforts of City Police OIC Director Col. Edwin de Ocampo and the military’s Task Force Zamboanga for effectively and efficiently coordinating with each other to ensure that the elections in the city went well.

“The election on Monday was generally peaceful,” the mayor, who is leading in the District I congressional race said notwithstanding the long queues and some other problems experienced at the polling centers. “I waited for about 2 hours before I was able to cast my vote and I also experienced a temporary glitch in PCOS machine as I had to retry inserting the shaded ballot to the machine 3 times before it was finally accepted and my votes counted”.

Lobregat emphasized that the police and military authorities including the teachers who served as Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) sacrificed a lot just to guarantee that the balloting last Monday pushed through without any hassles.

“We thank and laud the police and military as well as the volunteers who manned the different polling centers especially the teachers who stayed up until the last votes were cast and counted”, the mayor said.

On the other hand, the chief executive instructed the City Environment and Natural Services Office as well as the General Services Office to undertake a clean-up of all election materials that were left scattered after the May 13 elections.

He likewise called on fellow candidates to designate clean up teams to retrieve their campaign materials in areas designated as poster areas by the Commission on Elections during the campaign period. — Sheila Covarrubias