CMC, Comelec finalize preps for brgy election PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 23 November 2013 13:11

The Crisis Management Committee and the Commission on Election-City Office on Thursday finalized preparations for the conduct of the special barangay polls set in the city on Monday, November 25.

This, as the Zamboanga City Police Office and the Task Force Zamboanga have put in place a comprehensive security plan to ensure a peaceful and orderly election on Monday.

Mayor Beng Climaco, CMC chair has tasked City Police OIC Director Col. Dennis Basngi and TFZ Chief Col. Andrelino Colina to closely coordinate with each to ensure a hassle-free electoral process.

She likewise directed the COMELEC to work closely with the City Administrator’s Office and other agencies concerned for their requirements for Monday’s election.

The security plan will be in place as early as today, November 23 when COMELEC and City Treasurer’s Office personnel will start distribution of election paraphernalia to members of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) assigned in far flung barangays.

Tomorrow, Nov. 24 will be the turn of BEIs assigned in barangays located within the 7-kilometer radius to collect the election paraphernalia, which is being done at the City Coliseum in Tetuan.

Based on the COMELEC calendar of activities for the Zamboanga special barangay elections, the campaign period will culminate 12 midnight today, November 23.  Liquor ban will be in effect from November 24-25 while gun ban will remain in place until December 10.

Meanwhile, polling centers for the 4 conflict-affected barangays of Rio Hondo, Mariki, Arena Blanco and Sta. Barbara will be set up at the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST) in Rio Hondo and not in the evacuation centers.

As agreed upon during the CMC meeting, City Government trucks will be deployed to evacuation centers on Monday to ferry voters from the four affected barangays to the polling centers.

The City Election Registrar’s Office temporarily located at the City Government building in Villalobos Street will be the command center and will be in operation 24 hours a day from Nov. 24 to 25.

City Election Registrars Jesus Alvin Lim of District I and Joseph Tria of District II, who were present during the CMC meeting Thursday afternoon in City Hall declared that everything is set for Monday’s voting.

Lim and Tria also reminded voters not to bring backpacks to polling centers on Monday as part of the security measures that will be in place. This, they said, will speed up the security checks and consequently hasten the voting process. — Sheila Covarrubias