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Catbalogan starts voting early, proceedings generally orderly

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan City (May 10) -- Catbaloganons started voting as early as 7:15 this morning, as witnessed by PIA Samar.

Madam Marieta Giray, Chairman of the Bureau of Election Inspectors) BEIs) would want the voting to start immediately at 7:00 AM however, she had to wait for the poll watchers to open the book of voters and other sealed election paraphernalia and sign them with the watchers.

The first voter ever at Precinct number 4 at Catablogan 1 was Benito Ignacio, 70 a former teacher who said he voted for 6.5 minutes, younger Grave Aguirre, 25 was third in line but he was faster to shade and therefor the first to test how well the Precicnt Optical Counting (PCOs) machine worked.

Aguirre told PIA he is satisfied with the outcome of his ballot and added he trusts this electoral process.

Incumbent mayoralty candidate Coeferdo Uy voted at ten in the morning and looked tired so he avoided having his picture taken.

The first batch of voters were mostly senior citizens who said they avoid the warm weather so that a six in the morning, they were already seen lingering in the polling place and locating their names in the prepared voters? list.

In Catbalogan 1, the public will see a Joint Security Control Desk manned by a PNP member and an Alert official (NGO), personnel from the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) also man the Voters? Assistance Desk.

In a phone call to City PNP Chief Joseph Pensotes, he claimed that the electoral process is generally peaceful that his PNP force has been given augmentation. His men are presently roving to monitor the on going political exercise.

Samelco 2 general manager Ponciano Rosales as he was about to vote was asked by the media how stable the power supply.

"Electric supply is stable," he assured the people.

He mentioned though that in Basey town (some 107 southeat of Samar?s capital city), power tripped this morning but was immedaitely restored.

He added that at least two linemen are posted in his area which includes 15 towns and the city of Catbalogan.

Young voters who were voting for the first time when interviewed were generally satisfied with their experience and hailed the process as "maupay ngan madagmit" (trans good, fast). (Pia-Samar) [top]

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