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PIA Press Release
2006/10/06

Military's poll duties limited to security - Abalos

Quezon City (6 October) -- THE military will continue to be tapped for election duty but will be limited to providing "general security," Commission on Elections chairman Benjamin Abalos said Friday.

“The military would be deputized to provide general security around the country and help maintain [the] peace and order situation,” under an agreement with the Department of National Defense, Abalos said.

In past elections, troops were deputized to provide security to candidates, lend military transport and carry ballot boxes or even act as election inspectors in so-called poll hotspots.

This practice triggered controversies in the past and led to allegations the government had used the military to commit widespread electoral fraud, particularly during the 2004 elections.

“All that is over. These functions would be entirely performed by our civilian security forces, the police,” Abalos said. (PIA) [top]

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