2,930 vie for 784 posts in Zambo brgy election PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 November 2013 16:09

Almost 3,000 candidates are vying for the 784 posts in the city’s special barangay elections set today, November 25, pursuant to COMELEC resolution 984.

Up for grabs are the 98 positions for barangay chairmen which is being contested by 298 candidates and 686 positions for barangay councilmen or kagawad which is being vied by 2,641 candidates. Each of the city’s 98 barangays will be having a new barangay chairman and 7 barangay councilmen.

Of the total 298 candidates for barangay chairmen, 110 are under District 1 which has 37 barangays while 179 are under District II which has 61 barangays.

On the other hand, 1,073 candidates for kagawad are under District I while 1,568 are under District II.

Voting today will start at 7am and end at 5pm.

As this developed, COMELEC chairman Sixto Brillantes and several commissioners arrived in the city Sunday to oversee preparations for today’s elections.

A comprehensive security plan crafted and executed by the Zamboanga City Police Office under OIC Director Col. Dennis Basngi and Task Force Zamboanga under Col. Andrelino Colina, is in place to ensure a peaceful and orderly elections.

City Election Registrars Jesus Alvin Lim and Joseph Tria of Districts I and II respectively have advised the voting public not to bring backpacks inside polling centers as part of the security measures being implemented by the authorities.

The prohibition in bringing backpacks to polling centers will help speed up security checks and eventually hasten voting process, the city election registrars averred.

As this developed, polling centers for the four conflict-affected barangays of Rio Hondo, Arena Blanco, Mariki and Sta. Barbara will be established at the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST) in Rio Hondo and not at the evacuation centers.

The City Government will deploy trucks to evacuation centers as early as 7am to ferry voters to and from the ZSCMST. Four trucks will be deployed to the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex and another 2 to the Sta. Maria Elementary School evacuation center. In Taluksangay, Councilor Abdurahman Nuno has volunteered to take charge of the transport of the voters to and from the Taluksangay National High School evacuation center to the ZSCMST.

Meanwhile, the COMELEC command center, which is temporarily located at the 2nd floor of the City Government building in Villalobos Street, will be open 24 hours starting November 24-25 to respond to all concerns related to the special barangay elections.

Distribution of the election paraphernalia to members of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) were done November 23-24 at the City Colisuem.

The barangay elections in Zamboanga, just like all other areas in the country were originally set October 28 but was moved to today, Nov. 25 due to the 23-day conflict last September. -- Sheila Covarrubias