2022 national, local polls ‘relatively peaceful’

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DESPITE some reports of violent incidents especially in the Bangsamoro region, Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Vicente Danao Jr. said the 2022 national and local elections have been “relatively peaceful.”

“By the grace of God, we have just, as one nation, concluded another empowering exercise of our sovereign will to elect our national and local leaders. The 2022 National and Local Elections ended on a high note consistent with the outlook and optimism it had when the polls opened at 6:00 o’clock this morning,” he said in a press conference following the closing of polling precincts, which marks the end of the voting.

“Overall, the entire 13-hour political exercise has been relatively peaceful in fair comparison with the national elections we held in 2019 and 2016, and due consideration of some isolated incidents of violence and disorder that marred the otherwise uneventful conduct of today’s national and local polls,” he added.

Danao said the 16 confirmed election-related violent incidents so far are lower as compared to the 133 in 2016 and 60 in 2019.

He said the situation especially in the Bangsamoro region, where several explosions, strafing and shooting incidents happened since the night before the election day, was manageable.

He attributed the conduct of a peaceful election in the country to the preparedness of the government, especially the security forces, as well as to the cooperation of the public.

Danao said the PNP will remain unyielding in their mission as the country now embarks in the canvassing of votes.

“Police, military and coast guard security forces will remain in their duty stations in the succeeding hours of canvassing and transmission of election results until election activities are officially terminated,” he said.

The 2022 national and local elections were marred with plenty of complaints of defective vote counting machines, which made the voters wait in long lines under the heat of summer.

The Comelec said a total of 168 VCMs and 176 SD cards have been found defective, in which 44 were repaired and 81 SD cards were replaced. (SunStar Philippines)

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