Comelec reshuffle of 50 poll officers takes effect today

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013


THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has ordered the reshuffling of 50 of the 54 election officers of Cebu.

Comelec en banc promulgated Resolution 9656 that moved for the temporary reshuffling of election officers effective today.

“Finding the temporary reshuffling of the election officers to be for the best interest of the Commission particularly in furthering efficiency, competence, integrity and absolute impartiality,” the resolution read.

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Cebu City North District Election Officer Marchel Sarno will replace his older brother, lawyer Michael Angelo Sarno in Toledo City.

The older Sarno was designated as temporary election officer of the south district of Cebu City, replacing lawyer Edwin Cadungog.

Cadungog won’t have to move far, just a door away from his regular office as the designated election officer of Cebu City north district.

Marchel said this will not have any effect on the office they would leave behind and the office they would be taking over.

“We will be performing the same duties, so work will not really be affected. The effect is more on personal convenience but it is only temporary,” Marchel told Sun.Star Cebu.

If there are questions on a specific work in a particular office, the election officers can just ask each other.

The reshuffling also does not involve controversy, as most election officers are reshuffled during elections. The main consideration is to prevent familiarity between election officers and the politicians of the local government unit.

The provincial election supervisors were the first to be reshuffled, with lawyer Lionel Marco Castillano transferred from Cebu Province to the Province of Bohol. His post was filled by Negros Oriental Provincial Election Supervisor Eddie Aba.

Only Consolacion, Cordova, Samboan and Tuburan will retain their respective election officers: Ferdinand Hortelano, Arvin Manghanoy, Emerito Allosada and Gilberto Pepito.

“To safeguard the sanctity of the ballots in the May 13, 2013 automated national and local elections, the Comelec is presently engaged towards promoting professional competency, integrity and absolute impartiality of its personnel, specifically, the election officers,” the resolution signed by the Comelec en banc commissioners chaired by Sixto Brillantes Jr. read.

Most of the movements are within the district, but among those who would have to travel far are Emmanuel Uy, who was ordered transferred from Compostela to Pinamungajan, and Marilou Paredes, who will transfer from Pinamungajan to Tabuelan, temporarily.

Lawyer Ferdinand Gujilde, who is assigned at the Office of the Provincial Election Supervisor, will be the election officer of Bogo City starting today, while Regional Election Attorney Enerio Ocariza will be assigned as election officer of Danao City.

The effectivity of the reshuffling will be until the end of the election period, June
12, 2013.

Meanwhile, Comelec 7 Director Temie Lambino wrote a letter to the administrations of SM City Cebu and Ayala Center to provide a venue for the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) demonstration for the whole month of April.

Lambino told Sun.Star Cebu that the letter was already sent, but there was no reply yet.

The commission's aim is to provide two to four times of PCOS demonstrations daily to the public so that they will become familiar with the machines before the May 13 elections.

People will be allowed to “feed” the PCOS with sample ballots during the demonstrations.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 20, 2013.

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