Honest, orderly and peaceful elections in Palawan

Published: Wednesday, 22 May 2013

The Palawan-based Armed Forces described the May 13 midterm elections as “generally peaceful and greatly successful.”Western Command commander Maj. Gen. Rustico O. Guerrero said although there were a few minor election glitches in some areas, these “did not totally disrupt the electoral process."

“The conduct of voting in Palawan was successful and secured, and the recently concluded midterm elections here had been honest, orderly, and peaceful," he said.

Guerrero, in his rounds in the province with the Provincial Police Office director Col. Anastacio Macalan Jr. and members of the Task Force H.O.P.E., the elections had been generally peaceful amidst a few minor election glitches in some areas.

"May mga maliit na insidente lamang tulad ng mga Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) Machines ang di gumana, panandaliang brownout sa sur, at ilang rejected ballots. Pero all in all, security-wise, hindi naging problema," Guerrero said.

Guerrero said the military did not put its guards down even after the voting hours were over, saying they also focused to protect the

This, he said, is in line with the directive of AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista for all military units to remain vigilant on the eve of the elections and even in post-election activities to ensure that the proceedings will be safe and secure for all.

Basically, the Wescom chief said elections in Palawan had been generally peaceful with expected high turnout of voters that included some inmates exercising their rights of suffrage for the first time.Monday’s voting was also the country’s first synchronized polls for local, regional and national officials. It entailed more time and
longer ballots for Palaweño voters to fill in.

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