1.6M Negrenses to cast votes today-A A +A
Monday, October 28, 2013
ABOUT 1.6 million registered voters all over Negros Occidental are expected to troop to the polling precincts today, Monday, for the barangay elections.
The voters will choose a chairman and seven councilmen in every barangay for the 662 villages all over the province.
The manual voting will start at 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. and “if there are still voters within 30 meters in front of the polling place who have not yet cast their votes, voting shall continue but only to allow said voters to cast their votes without interruption,” said the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in a resolution.
Jessie Suarez, Comelec provincial supervisor, reminded all candidates that any form of campaigning, especially giving of sample ballots within the perimeters of the polling precincts, are prohibited, and that, any violation will be dealt with accordingly.
The liquor ban is also still in effect until Tuesday to ensure a peaceful and orderly election.
Of the 1,619,600 registered voters all over the province, 203,722 voter were registered in first district; 188,457 in the second district; 256,168 in the third district; 215,073 in the fourth district; 245,323 in the fifth district; 247,208 in the sixth district; and 263,649 in the lone congressional district of Bacolod City.
Suarez said every precinct will be manned by police personnel while army soldiers were dispatched in barangays that were identified as immediate areas of concern.
Dennis Ausan, Comelec regional director, reminded the voters to fill in all seven posts for village councilmen in the official ballot. He said the voters are provided with the certified list of candidates at the ballot secrecy folders that will guide them on the complete and exact spelling of the names of the candidates.
Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., meanwhile, asked everyone to maintain friendly, credible, and non-partisan barangay elections.
He asked the candidates to refrain from employing personal attacks.
The candidates should be friendly to each other because they belong to the same community, he said.
Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, for his part, appealed for a peaceful and orderly election Monday.
He said the candidates who may not be lucky enough to win the election should respect the decision of the voters.
"It's time that you change your barangay leaders if you are not contented with their performance," he said.
Suarez reminded everyone that the gun ban is enforced until November 12, which is the end of the election period.
In the province, a total of 16,442 candidates filed their certificates of candidacy for the polls today.
Records at the provincial office of the Comelec show that a total of 1,551 filed for barangay captains and 14, 891 for kagawads in Negros Occidental's 662 villages.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 28, 2013.