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NVizcaya bishop calls for poll vigilance and support

by Ben Moses Ebreo

Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya (March 24) -- Bishop Ramon Villena here has called on the Catholic faithful to be vigilant and supportive to the objectives of the May 2010 polls in the country.

In a statement, Villena, the diocese of Bayombong and Quirino province's highest religious leader also expressed joy on the demobilization of private and public sectors in preparation for the May 2010 polls challenged voters specially the youth to double their participation on the forthcoming automated elections.

"We appeal on your generous hearts to get involved, share your time, talent and gesture to help keep the May elections an honest peaceful, orderly and credible elections," he stressed.

The bishop also called on volunteers and other catholic faithful to help in supporting the clergy's quest for a successful elections.

He also appealed for donations to help defray mobilization requirements of church volunteers during the conduct of the May 2010 automated elections.

This developed as the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has completed the training and orientation of some 800 Board of Election Inspectors(BEIs) who have successfully passed the recent 10-day training.

The 800 BEIs who received certification from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will be deployed to serve at least 400 clustered precincts where some 234,398 voters in the province will cast their votes in May this year.

The COMELEC is also conducting public demonstrations on the operations and manipulation of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines which will be used by the voters, marking the first automated election process in the country. (PIA NVizcaya) [top]

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