Kiangan youth participate in IEC on election matters
by Vency D. Bulayungan
Kiangan, Ifugao (6 March) -- With the fast approaching national and local polls, the Catholic Church here deemed it necessary to educate the young on election matters.
Mission Rector Fr. Sammy Maximo, said youth from the 15 Basic Ecclestiastical Communities will converge in Barangay Mungayang here to discuss pertinent issues concerning the upcoming elections.
Issues on vote buying and proper selection of candidates will be discussed during said activity to inculcate some moral values in connection with the said polls. "We have to do something now and we begin with the youth," Fr. Maximo said.
The Catholic church here is raging war against vote buying and is urging parishioners to be vigilant in illicit activities this coming May polls. "We had been reminding our believers to observe the sanctity of the ballot," Fr. Sammy said.
Fr Sammy believes that this activity will help the young gain some knowledge on how to choose the rightful candidates vying for the different elective positions. It is our moral obligation to teach our people the right thing to do especially so that this coming elections will again spell out the destiny of our nation in the next few years he said.
Meanwhile, 450 Board of Election Inspectors will participate in a training to be conducted by the Commission on Elections on March 8-18 at the Banaue Hotel.
Provincial Election Supervisor Ricardo Bolintao said the training will be participated by at least two BVEIs from each of the 225 precincts in the entire province They will come in batches, he said.
Bolintao added that the Department of Science and Technology will be present to award the certificate of Information Technology (IT) certification to said participants.
Bolintao is now confident that the automation will push through after the announcement that Smartmatic TIM completed its delivery of the Precint Count Optical Scan(PCOS) machines.
According to Bolintao, they are now scouting for a safe place to serve as the warehouse of the PCOS to be delivered to the province. As for the public demonstration on how to fill up the ballot, Bolintao said one will be conducted at the provincial level and rest will be done by the Municipal Election Officers in the 11 municipalities here. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]