No untoward incident in Zambo’s brgy poll PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 10:52

Police and military reported no untoward incident in yesterday’s special barangay election in the city’s 98 barangays where a total of 2,930 candidates vied for 784 posts.

Policemen under OIC-City Police Director Sr. Supt. Dennis Basngi and soldiers of the Task Force Zamboanga led by Col. Aldrelino Colina were deployed in the different polling places since Sunday to guard ballot boxes until the voting day yesterday to ensure peaceful and clean election.

City Police Office’s Information Officer SPO2 Alex Mabalot said that policemen and soldiers strictly implemented all the provisions and regulations under the Omnibus Election Code as well the advisory of the Crisis Management Committee.

Common problems were observed like some voters could not find their names in the precincts while other complained about some individuals using their names in the balloting.

In Talabaan Elementary School, two alleged flying voters were held by lawmen and members of the Board of Election Inspectors after they attempted to vote even if they are not registered voters in the said place.

In some polling places, supporters of candidates engaged in heated arguments over alleged violations.

In Rio Hondo and Mariki, there were reports of violence that almost erupted between supporters of rival candidates. However lawmen intervened and prevented any trouble.

In Talon-Talon, the lSK chair was the subject of complaint for serving as watcher of his/her father candidate barangay chairman. The youth leader was ordered by election officers to get out of the polling place

There were reports of rampant vote buying in several barangays, with voters receiving P50 to P100 from candidates.

Tanods (watchmen)  of the different barangays also assisted the police and military in securing the voters, BEIs and ballot boxes until they were brought to the Comelec office after the counting.

The 98 positions for barangay chairmen were contested by 298 candidates and the 686 positions for barangay councilmen or kagawad were vied by 2,641 candidates.

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

On the other hand, 1,073 candidates for kagawad were under District 1 while 1,568 were under District 2.

Comelec Cchairman Sixto Brillantes and several commissioners arrived in the city Sunday to oversee preparations for yesterday’s elections.

Backpacks were banned inside polling centers as part of the security measures implemented by the authorities.

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

The City Government deployed trucks to evacuation centers as early as 7am to ferry voters to and from the ZSCMST.

The barangay election in Zamboanga, just like all other areas in the country were originally set October 28, but was moved to Nov. 25 due to the 23-day crisis last September. — Dan Toribio Jr. with report from  Sheila Covarrubias