Except for minor problems, election peaceful, orderly PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 10:53

Except for some minor incidents and the perennial snags during elections, voting for the special barangay elections in Zamboanga City yesterday was generally peaceful and orderly, according to authorities.

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has yet to determine the voters’ turnout as of press time.

COMELEC Regional Director Atty. Wilfred Balisado thanked the police and military for the effective security measures implemented that primarily contributed to the normal and peaceful conduct of the election in the city.

Balisado said no delays in the opening of polling precincts at 7am were reported in any of the 98 barangays. The favorable weather also contributed to the enthusiasm of the voters and the generally smooth conduct of the election.

The COMELEC director averred that the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZCMST), where poll precincts from the four conflict-affected barangays were established, was the focus of attention yesterday due to the number of voters that crowded to the area.

The ZCPO reported a dispute between two aspirants at the Don Gregorio Evangelista Memorial Elementary School (DON GEMS). However those involved in the trouble were conducted to the City Police Office for investigation and possible filing of charges for violation of the election code.

On the other hand, as the counting of ballots in the different precincts continues, Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday called on the residents to remain vigilant and to help ensure the sanctity of the ballot.

She lauded the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), personnel from the Zamboanga City Police Office and Task Force Zamboanga for their efforts in ensuring the peaceful and orderly conduct of the elections.

likewise commended and thanked the teachers and all volunteers who rendered services during the elections yesterday saying they all played a very essential role that contributed to the hassle-free polls in the city.

Meanwhile, the imposition of the citywide curfew remains in effect 12 midnight to 4 in the morning despite the conduct of the special barangay elections. Election-related activities however will be subject to arrangements between COMELEC and police authorities. — Sheila Covarrubias