Election officer expects peaceful brgy polls-A A +A
Thursday, October 24, 2013
AN officer of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Dumaguete City expressed optimism of a peaceful and orderly barangay elections on October 28.
City election officer Gildu Agoncillo, during a forum Wednesday, said there is not a single barangay in Dumaguete that has been categorized as an election watch list area by the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Dumaguete City has 30 barangays with a total number of registered voters of 76,024, Agoncillo said.
It has a total of 17 polling centers or 212 clustered precincts, with two police personnel assigned per polling center, Agoncillo added.
“There are no private armed groups in Dumaguete so we are expecting a very peaceful election,” Agoncillo said.
A total of 34 policemen with four supervisors will be deployed for election duty while a city election monitoring action center manned by seven police personnel will be set up at the Dumaguete Police Station to cater to some emergency calls or respond to barangays that need extra assistance on election day, he added.
Agoncillo noted that Dumaguete City is lucky that it has police strength of 116 personnel, more than enough to cover for security requirements during the barangay polls, as opposed to other areas.
Furthermore, the barangays in Dumaguete are situated close enough to each other, making it easier for easier and faster police response, Agoncillo noted.
Comelec records show a total of 62 candidates are running for the position of barangay captain while 661 are seeking election as barangay kagawad.
Three members per Board of Election Tellers or a total 636 teachers who will serve during the barangay polls are also ready for deployment, Agoncillo said.
Meanwhile, there are no special polling places for senior citizens and persons-with-disabilities but Agoncillo assured that they shall be given priority when they vote on October 28. (PNA)