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Isabela Comelec officials air appeals

SANTIAGO CITY, Isabela (30 April) -- Two ranking officials of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) sought the public sector’s help in the poll body’s struggle for an orderly and credible May 14 political exercise.

Addressing the Forum on Contingency Plan on the Halalan 2007 sponsored by the National Transmission Corporation, COMELEC Isabela provincial supervisor Michael Valdez, called on the police, power industry and media to “help us (COMELEC) safeguard the sovereign will of the people” in the coming may 14 election.

“We need you in our crusade for credible 2007 election, stressed the poll official, as he assured that the COMELEC and its deputized agents are ready for the political exercise.

For his part, COMELEC Quirino provincial supervisor Erwin Valeroso asked the elections board of inspectors in all six towns of Quirino to bring emergency lights during the canvassing of votes in case brownout would occur. This is one way of avoiding cheating done during darkness or brownout, he forewarned.

Both COMELEC officials, however, foresee a clean, honest and credible elections in their areas of responsibilities.

Meantime, officials of the Police Provincial Offices in Isabela and Quirino told at the forum that the PNP is on its toes and ready to provide maximum security and safety to voters and members of the board of election inspectors at the polling centers.

Both PNP provincial offices predicted a generally peaceful conduct of the forthcoming elections as there had been no reported cases of violent election related incidents as of press time. But PNP Isabela is closely watching about 5 to 8 towns as potential areas of concerns where terrorists might take advantage of extorting from local candidates permit to campaign fees. (PIA-Isabela/nem) [top]

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