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(For peaceful elections,) Comelec thanks police, TFZ, Zambo Coast Guard


The Commission on Elections (Comelec) yesterday expressed gratitude to the police, Task Force Zamboanga and the Philippine Coast Guard for assisting them in securing the election paraphernalia as well protecting the electorates during Monday’s Barangay and SK polls in Zamboanga City.

City Comelec Officer, Atty. Stephen Roy Cañete said that as a whole, the elections were peaceful with no untoward incidents reported.

He commended the police for taking over the duties of the Board of Election Inspectors who inhibited themselves from serving as BEIs in Barangay Busay in Sacol Island.

At least 14 policemen who were earlier trained by the Comelec have served as BEIs in Busay because the principal, teachers and their support staff backed out for fear of reprisal by losing candidates.

The Comelec also commended the Coast Guard for helping in the distribution and retrieval of the ballot boxes in the different island barangays  in Zamboanga City.

According to Cañete, some problems were encountered by the voters such as failure to find their names in the voters lists, and that somebody voted using their names. He assured that the Comelec had already acted on the complaints.

The Comelec official is calling on the losing candidates to accept defeat.

“It is not the end of your journey in politics. Better luck next time,” Cañete said.

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