Task force created for barangay polls-A A +A
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
BACOLOR -- With five days to go before the barangay polls, the Provincial Peace and Order Council chaired by Governor Lilia Pineda created Tuesday an Ad Hoc Committee, which will ensure peaceful and orderly elections.
During the council meeting at King’s Royale Resort and Hotel here, Pineda urged the Philippine National Police, Philippine Army, the Pampanga Mayors League and other stakeholders to help the task force composed of multisectoral representatives, in seeing to the safety of voters and teachers who will man precincts.
“We must all work to protect teachers who will be at the polling places. There are about 14,000 candidates for the barangay elections in Pampanga and we should see to it that no violence occurs,” she stressed.
The governor pointed in particular to reports of flying voters who will troop to the precincts.
“Pag hindi iyan pinaboto ng mga teachers, baka magkagulo. Kailangan maprotektahan ang mga teachers at balota. Like in the past, let us join hands in letting the world know that Kapampangans are peace-loving,” she added.
To help the police and the task force, Pineda said that Capitol would lend vehicles to the task force for mobilization. She also told mayors to assist by providing food to marshals, as well as other essentials prescribed under the Commission on Elections’ Omnibus Code and the Commission on Audit.
“Basta ang importante dito, dapat walang gulo o problema at peaceful ang elections natin,” she said.
For his part, Third District Board Member Rosve Henson, chair of the Provincial Board’s committee on peace and order, said the task force will cease to exist after the elections.
“The task force will just be there during election day. It will primarily monitor the conduct of barangay polls and coordinate strategies of the Peace and Order Council in ensuring peaceful and orderly elections. After that, it will cease to exist,” he said.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 23, 2013.